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Violence Against Children Should be a Priority
Mr. President, are you listening? Women and children are typically raped and murdered by someone they know, and their screams continue to go unheard. We will not hear them during the moments of silence, but the public outcry is deafening.
Conflict leaves children traumatised, anxious – for life
Trauma as a result of violence and adverse experiences in childhood is linked to a wide range of outcomes and it's critical to intervene early in these cases, said the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Shanaaz Mathews in her keynote address...
She is changing the world. Her name is Prof Shanaaz Mathews
Mathews' work on the Child Death Review was showcased in an IOL series featuring #womenchangingtheworld.
Children's Institute PhD Fellow Wins First RAPCAN Doctoral Scholarship
Hendricks is the first awardee of the new scholarship and will be funded for three years to conduct a study in “The Intergenerational Impact of Child Sexual Abuse among Mothers in South Africa.”
Letter to the President: "Make Ending Violence Against Children a Priority"
Children's Institute joined forces with several academic and civil society stakeholders to call on President Cyril Ramaphosa to make ending violence against women and children a top priority for his new Cabinet.

             

 

 

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Monday, 16 September 2019
Regressive and deeply flawed, the Children’s Amendment Bill is rushed to the new Parliament

One of the first tasks of South Africa’s Sixth Parliament will be to determine the fate of the Children’s Amendment Bill. Despite content and process errors that could expose vulnerable children to harm and increase the burden on overworked social workers and discrepancies with both the National Child Care and Protection Policy and government’s strategy for early childhood development, the bill has been rushed to Parliament. So why the indecent haste?

Publication Date:
Wed, 29 May 2019 - 09:00
Children's Institute Co-hosts Seminar on International Poverty Study

The Children’s Institute and The Poverty and Inequality Initiative co-hosted a special seminar on the main findings and policy recommendations of a book published by Policy Press in the UK: Tracing the Consequences of Child Poverty: Evidence from the Young Lives study in Cape Town 10 April 2019.

Emeritus Associate Professor Andy Dawes and Professor Colin Tredoux, both from UCT’s Department of Psychology, co-authored the book alongside the University of Oxford’s Professor Jo Boyden and Dr Paul Dornan. Boyden is the director of Young Lives, the study on which Tracing the Consequences is based.

Publication Date:
Thu, 11 Apr 2019 - 12:15
South African Child Gauge 2018: Achieving Social Justice for South Africa’s Children

The South African Child Gauge is a crucial resource utilised by civil society, academic and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who advocate for the rights of South Africa’s children and pursue social justice, University of Cape Town (UCT) Children’s Institute (CI) director Professor Shanaaz Mathews told guests at the Cape Town launch of the 13th edition of the annual review.

Publication Date:
Thu, 07 Feb 2019 - 11:00
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.

Publication Date:
Wed, 28 Nov 2018 - 14:30

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