This year marks the coming of age of the Child Support Grant (CSG), established 18 years ago in 1998, now recognised as one of South Africa's most successful poverty alleviation strategies. Contributors to the 2016 Child Gauge include academics, activists, members of civil society, government officials and representatives, and representatives from international development organisations.
To look back at the evolution of the grant - and tap into the now-substantial body of research and evidence that has been amassed around it - the Children's Institute (CI), University of Cape Town, has dedicated its South African Child Gauge® 2016 to the theme of children and social assistance. The issue looks closely at the CSG and its impact on millions of impoverished children and their caregivers in South Africa.
A new research report by the Children's Institute documents how the child protection system handles reported cases of abuse and neglect.