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Call for Public Comment on Children’s Amendment Bill
The Children’s Amendment Bill (2018) has been gazetted for public comment. The Bill introduces numerous changes to the Children’s Act. Comments on the revised Bill are due on 29 November 2018.
What do Children Need to Thrive? All Children Need Nurturing Care
The 2017 issue of the South African Child Gauge focused attention on what children need to not only survive, but thrive and reach their full potential. While the Child Gauge is targeted at academics, students and decision-makers in government and...
Children's Institute 2017 Annual Report
Our 2017 Annual Report: A Year in Review
Navigating the child policy terrain is not straightforward and we have to remain responsive to an ever-changing political environment. Our latest annual report reviews CI's work and impact within this context.
Download Policy Brief on Child Poverty
This briefing paper summarises a review of research evidence on child poverty in South Africa. The review was initially undertaken in 2011, and was updated in 2017 to reflect more recent studies.
CI Releases Physical Punishment Policy Brief
This policy brief discusses the prevalence of physical punishment in South Africa, its effects on children and the links between physical punishment and intimate partner violence.

             

 

 

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Monday, 12 November 2018
Breastfeeding Breaks: Good for Mom. Good for Baby. Good for Business

Very few mothers in South Africa exclusively breastfeed for the first 6 months of life as recommended by the World Health Organisation – with only 1 in 4 babies exclusively breastfed by the time they are 4 – 5 months old.  And these low exclusive breastfeeding rates contribute to the high prevalence of malnutrition, diarrhoea, pneumonia and under-five mortality in South Africa. 

Publication Date:
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 14:45
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
South Africa Must Focus on its Kids to Meet UN Development Goals Targets

There are still 12 years to go before the UN sustainable development goals are finalised. For South Africa to meet the targets it must focus on providing evidence-based programmes for the most vulnerable and accelerate access to essential services. 

Our overall evaluation is that South Africa has made significant progress with some targets. But it’s still lagging far behind with others.

Publication Date:
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 13:15
Physical Abuse of Children Proving Costly for South Africa

Many South African children have experienced sexual, physical or emotional abuse before they turn 18. While reports of child sexual abuse usually engender moral outrage, physical abuse of children goes largely unnoticed, particularly when such abuse occurs in the home and is seen as ‘discipline’. As we approach this year’s Child Protection Week, it is critical to recognise the mounting social and economic costs of physical abuse of children to the country.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 00:15
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Left Behind: The Realisation of Children’s Rights Undercut by Violence

"Where fundamental human rights are violated, we as a society need to stand up particularly when the rights violation affects the most vulnerable members of our society." CI's Stefanie Röhrs writes about how violence against children is undermining the realisation of their human rights.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 12:00

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