Competencies of child heads households: a case study of Bamunanika Sub county, Luweero District
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This study focused on the competencies of child heads of households in Bamunanika Sub County Luweero district. The study aimed at documenting the livelihood and emotional competencies of child heads of households plus the ability of child heads to establish social networks through which they are able to receive different forms of support. A cross sectional explorative study design using only qualitative methods was used to in undertaking the study. The study participants included child heads of households and an opinion leader, one Para-social worker, a Community Development Officer plus two secretaries for children affairs. The study findings demonstrated the sources of livelihood of child heads which included own farming, supply of farm labour, water supply among others; indicators of emotional competencies which included; increasing sense of independence, acceptance of the situation, patience among others and lastly social network competencies like interacting positively and getting along with others, respecting and appreciating others, ability to work and communicate well with others. Based on the findings, the study recommends that the community leaders should mobilise and raise awareness in the community about the existence of child heads and their households and on the ways these children should be helped out. The social protection actors should start paying more attention to the strengths among child heads of households than their weaknesses to enable them get empowered to raise their standards of living and improve their quality of life.