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Children, Families and the State: Collaboration and Contestation
The thirteenth issue of the South African Child Gauge® focuses on children in relation to families and the state, both of which are central to providing for children and supporting their development.
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.

             

 

 

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Friday, 14 December 2018
Policies in South Africa must stop ignoring families’ daily realities

What is “a family”? In South African law, the answer – or rather, answers– are broad. For example, it’s not considered unusual or unacceptable for children to move between kin and to be raised at different stages by grandparents, parents and other relatives. Kinship care is a widespread and customary practice in South Africa, as it is elsewhere in southern Africa.

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Wed, 28 Nov 2018 - 14:30
Weighing up South Africa’s family policy: what does and doesn’t work

South Africa is one of a small number of developing countries that’s formulated a national policy focused on families. A family policy, broadly defined, refers to everything a government does to promote the well-being of families, such as social grants, family services, or social housing. The country’s policy – known as the White Paper on Families – has three priorities. They are promoting healthy family life, strengthening the family and preserving the family.

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Wed, 28 Nov 2018 - 14:30
Landmark moment for child rights in South Africa

On 29 November 2018, the Constitutional Court will consider the constitutionality of the use of corporal punishment in the home. The Constitutional Court has prohibited corporal punishment in detention settings in 1995 and in schools in 2000, and this case presents the opportunity to prohibit its use in the home.

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Tue, 27 Nov 2018 - 12:15
South African Child Gauge 2018: Government to Move Swiftly to Address Gaps in Family Services

UCT News [Nov. 20, 2018] -- More than 6 million of the country’s children regularly go hungry, with dire consequences for their capacity to thrive – or even survive – according to the 2018 South African Child Gauge, which urges the government to move swiftly to address the gaps in family services.

These children live below the food poverty line which, in real terms, means their families cannot provide even the minimum amount of nutrition they need.

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Thu, 22 Nov 2018 - 15:45

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