Ukuphepha: A multi-level community engagement model for the promotion of safety, peace and health

Rodney Eksteen, Abdulsamed Bulbulia, Ashley Van Niekerk, Ghouwa Ismail, Royal Lekoba

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Abstract

This article aims to describe a theoretically-informed community engagement model which delivers a suite of child safety, peace and health interventions. We provide an overview of critical concepts that inform the community engagement approach that underpins the implementation of the Ukuphepha Child Safety, Peace and Health Programme (UCSPHP), in low-income neighbourhoods just outside Johannesburg, and on the periphery of Cape Town, South Africa. Our analysis is framed within a participatory approach and suggests the importance of six interconnected community engagement pathways: relationship-building; community-centred learning; social justice and contextual congruence; the facilitation of democratic traditions; strengthening the case for community services; and the affirmation of local social economies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-508
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Psychology in Africa
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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