CCRs programming and approach derives from the findings of a pioneering study conducted by Dr. McAlpine in 2014, that explored the world-view of Tanzanians who behave counter to the norm by taking action to protect children (McAlpine, 2014). In addition to describing the political economy in which these protectors act, the study described the significance of their mindset, which is characterized by Ujasiri.
Each year Dr. McAlpine conducts a research study to understand the nature of CCR’s impact, and to verify the accuracy of assumptions that CCR is making.
Protectors who already possess the Ujasiri mindset have embarked on a path to growth as a result of their contact with CCR.
Protectors try to do the right thing in their lives; becoming more intentional about how they interact with others; sharing their new knowledge and commitment to protect children; taking actions to protect children, and starting to report cases of abuse to the authorities.
Tanzania is now facing a window of opportunity where we can combat violence against children. Professionals are starting to protect children, and the Government is starting to act on its own commitment to end violence against children. But the Government apparatus is not equipped to deliver services that are in the interests of children.
The roles of CSOs and the Government continue to be contested, and the child protection system needs to be resourced with more knowledge, more skills, more data, and better coordination.
Indifference towards children as a social norm is being challenged, as youth start to assert themselves, and as individuals start to recognize that society exists in a state of flux and that cultural practices can be contested and changed.
3,237 Tanzanians publicly identified themselves to CCR as being a protector of children. Citizen protectors are starting to draw on public servants and on the Government system when they witness violence.