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.
The Children’s Third Amendment Bill
Provincial consultations on the Children’s Third Amendment Bill are being held in August and September. We strongly encourage you to participate in the provincial consultations and to make written submissions on the Bill. Written submissions are due...
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.
Attend Upcoming Child Rights Course
Attend the accredited five-day short course on Child Rights and Child Law for Health and Allied Professionals, running from 3 – 7 December 2018, that will provide you with all the tools you need to be a child rights champion in your health facility.
Podcasts: Listen to Our Researchers Share Findings on VAC
We've compiled a list of interviews done by our researchers during #ChildProtectionWeek2018 which truly captures the extent to which South Africa's children are exposed to violence at home and in school and the long-term effects thereof.




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Tuesday, 14 August 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
Image of Isibindi youth and child care worker.
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