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Jasmina Byrne

Child Protection Specialist

Jasmina Byrne, Child Protection Specialist, leads UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti’s work on children’s rights in the digital age as well as research on family and parenting support. She has overseen and co-authored several UNICEF studies including family support policies and provision in a global context, child safety online, internet governance and children’s rights. Currently she is one of the leads of the Global Kids Online research initiative. Prior to joining Innocenti, Jasmina was head of UNICEF Child Protection programme in Indonesia. She has 20 years of international experience in managing complex child rights and protection programmes, including research, policy development, programme design and evaluation in South East Asia, Europe and Southern Africa with UNICEF, Save the Children, International Committee of the Red Cross and UN Women. Jasmina’s academic background is in international relations, human rights and social policy.
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A pre-post study examining the effectiveness of a parenting support programme in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, showed reductions in child abuse, child delinquency, parent and child depression, parenting stress and substance use. It also showed improvements in parental supervision, positive parenting and social support. In addition to the pre-post study, a qualitative enquiry was conducted with the programme facilitators. This paper explores the experiences and perception of local child and youth care workers, who were trained to deliver the parenting programme in vulnerable, semi-rural communities. The purpose of this publication is to make recommendations on how to improve the programme for scale-up, in South Africa and beyond.


Jenny Doubt; Heidi Loening-Voysey; Daphnée Blanc; Lucie Cluver; Jasmina Byrne; Tshiamo Petersen
The international community has recognized the importance of internet access for development, economic growth and the realization of civil rights and is actively seeking ways to ensure universal internet access to all segments of society. Children should be an important part of this process, not only because they represent a substantial percentage of internet users but also because they play an important part in shaping the internet.


Jasmina Byrne; Daniel Kardefelt Winther; Sonia Livingstone; Mariya Stoilova


Challenges of parental responsibility in the digital age: a global perspective (11 Dec 2017)

Children everywhere are gaining access to the internet – most often via a mobile phone. In many places, too, parents are feeling chall ...

Why we need more research on children’s use of the Internet (13 Aug 2015)

It is becoming difficult to imagine a day in a teenagers’ life – in all parts of the globe – without internet access: to s ...


Adolescent wellbeing

A four year programme on social and structural determinants of adolescent wellbeing in low and middle income countries.

Family and parenting support

Gathering evidence to improve family and parenting support programmes and policies in the global context.