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ConCourt: "Reasonable Chastisement" Unconstitutional
It's a unanimous judgment and the court is of the view that there are effective ways to discipline children without the use of #corporalpunishment.
Latest Review Shows ECD Sector Continues to Lag Behind
The South African Early Childhood Review provides us with rich data on child development and shows us that in the main we have some progress, however there are some areas where we have made little or no progress.
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.

             

 

 

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019
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.

Publication Date:
Thu, 22 Nov 2018 - 15:45
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:
Wed, 01 Aug 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.

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Wed, 27 Jun 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:
Tue, 29 May 2018 - 00:15

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