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Job Opening: Research Officer at the Children's Institute
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 11:30

The Children's Institute seeks to appoint a full-time Research Officer (lecturer level) on academic conditions of service with strong quantitative skills and experience in applied research.

Breastfeeding Breaks: Good for Mom. Good for Baby. Good for Business
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 14:45

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. 

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
South Africa Must Focus on its Kids to Meet UN Development Goals Targets
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 13:15

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.

Physical Abuse of Children Proving Costly for South Africa
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 00:15

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.

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Left Behind: The Realisation of Children’s Rights Undercut by Violence
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 12:00

"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.

 Review of Research Evidence on Child Poverty in SA
Review of Research Evidence on Child Poverty in South Africa
Friday, March 2, 2018 - 17:00

This review presents research evidence on child poverty in South Africa. It includes discussions on key concepts used in child poverty research, quantitative studies about child poverty in South Africa, and some of the keys issues around children and inequality. It also highlights some of the key studies that have focused on the Child Support Grant, an important poverty alleviation tool.

South African Child Death Review Project
The South African Child Death Review Project - effective intersectoral collaboration
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 20:15

Child Death Reviews (CDRs) use an intersectoral approach to understand and prevent child deaths. This project has been implemented by the Children’s Institute in collaboration with the Division of Forensic Medicine, University of Cape Town for the Western Cape and the Forensic Pathology Services, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health for Kwa-zulu Natal.

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Launch of the Early Childhood Review (2017)
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 11:15

The 2017 South African Early Childhood Review is now out! The review contains statistics on over 40 indicators covering the demography of young children (0 – 6 year olds), their living environments, and service delivery across various sectors.

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Children's Institute Annual Report 2016
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 11:45

"Congratulations on a fantastic year and for taking the CI to new heights!"
Prof Heather Zar (HOD, Paediatrics and Child Health)


CI Researcher: Not Enough Being Done to Protect Children
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 22:45

Lucy Jamieson talks to SAFM's Sakina Kamwendo about the gaping hole in the State's response to violence against children. (May 9, 2018.)

Consultations on the Children’s Third Amendment Bill
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 12:00

Provincial consultations on the Children’s Third Amendment Bill (August version) 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 10 September and should be send to Ms. Sarah Mabasa at and Ms. Matlhogonolo Sebopela at

Cover of 'Out of Harm's Way?', a new report by Children's Institute.
New CI study highlights shortcomings in child protection system
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 14:45

A new research report by the Children's Institute documents how the child protection system handles reported cases of abuse and neglect.