In 2018, Coram International was contracted to undertake a mixed methods study on School-Related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV) in and around boarding schools in Zambia for UNICEF. The purpose of the study is to obtain an in-depth understanding of the SRGBV risks that affect children attending secondary school away from home, the available support systems and help-seeking behaviour. The study will inform policy, programmes and practice aiming to protect children from SRGBV. The study includes a survey of all secondary schools in Zambia to build an understanding of the availability of official and non-official boarding arrangements, and a survey with a representative sample of secondary school students living in official and un-official boarding arrangements to build and understanding of SRGBV prevalence and help-seeking behaviours. The team will also conduct interviews and focus groups with Government and local government officials, education staff, NGOs, children, care givers and community members. The study will also include participatory research workshops with children in order to allow children to be involved and express their views in a range of different ways catering to different abilities. The study is due to be completed in 2019.
In 2016, UNICEF commissioned Coram International to work with the Government of Zambia to develop a national operational framework for diversion of children in conflict with the law. The Framework was developed following an in-country assessment of diversion and alternative sentencing practices, and an in-depth workshop with key stakeholders across the country from relevant sectors, including the Police, Prosecutions, the Judiciary, the Department of Social Welfare, and non-Government service providers. The Framework sets out the scope, criteria, process and options for the use of diversion in Zambia, and aims to assist all stakeholders to respond to child offending by way of diversion out of the formal criminal justice system, in accordance with international and regional human rights standards.