Village Hive Model

A Village Hive mobilises whole communities to protect children from facing adversity, like ending up in orphanages or on the street. It is a community-led model made up of dynamic networks of people and services that ensure no vulnerable child is overlooked.

Each Village Hive is co-created with members of the local community to ensure it meets the specific needs in the village. The networks in a Village Hive facilitate holistic interventions in children’s lives, taking families from a place of vulnerability to empowerment.

With your help, we can reach hundreds more families with the Village Hive model.

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We co-create each Village Hive with the local community and empower them to protect children and strengthen families.

True empowerment comes from not just listening to the needs of the communities and families, but inviting them to be architects of the programs and services that protect their children.

Elements of The Model

Each Village Hive is powered by networks of families, community members, social workers and services.

Community Network

The Village Hive mobilises community members to protect the children in their village.

The Community Network is made up of community members and CCT social workers whose role is to drive the child protection in their village. The role of the Community Network is to identify every single vulnerable child in their village and then refer them to CCT village-based social workers. They identify gaps in necessary support services in their village and run community education workshops in their village, such as parenting skills, home safety, alcohol support groups and child empowerment clubs. 

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Services Network

The Village Hive plugs the gaps in support services in the village. The Services Network consists of support programs that are vital to strengthening vulnerable families.

The network of services ensures children have access to all their basic needs from within their own community, preventing them from facing adversity. Social workers are then able to draw on these services to create tailored support plans with Family Networks.

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Family Networks

The Village Hive builds life-long supports for vulnerable children by building intentional support networks around each vulnerable family.

Bringing together a Family Network involves helping children and families to identify relatives and other supportive adults who are willing to play a permanent role in ensuring the ongoing safety and wellbeing of the children.

Family Networks create a practical support plans with social workers to ensure the ongoing safety and wellbeing of children. The members of the Family Network play active roles in the execution of the plan, providing invaluable support to the child’s primary care giver.

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Take a Deep Dive

Learn more about the pillars of the model, the issues it addresses, outcomes and background research that informed the model.

Village Hive Deep Dive