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Left Behind: The Realisation of Children’s Rights Undercut by Violence
Tue, 20 Mar 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
Fri, 02 Mar 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.

Job Opening: Research Officer at the Children's Institute
Thu, 13 Sep 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.

South African Child Death Review Project
The South African Child Death Review Project - effective intersectoral collaboration
Mon, 23 Oct 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)
Wed, 11 Oct 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
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 - 11:45

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


Ending violence against children should be a top priority for President Ramaphosa’s new Cabinet
Mon, 03 Jun 2019 - 03:15

RONDEBOSCH, CAPE TOWN, 3 June 2019—Yesterday marked the start of child protection week. Over the next few days NGOs, researchers and citizens will be called on to end violence against children. It is just as important that there is a commitment from the highest level of government to protect South Africa’s children.

Lack of birth certificates put children at risk of school exclusion
Thu, 26 Sep 2019 - 15:45

Children who don’t have birth certificates are at risk of being excluded from school if the Department of Basic Education does not provide school funding for those without a valid ID number. There is emerging evidence that this is already happening in the Eastern Cape.

Landmark moment for child rights in South Africa
Tue, 27 Nov 2018 - 12:15

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.

South African Child Gauge 2018: Government to Move Swiftly to Address Gaps in Family Services
Thu, 22 Nov 2018 - 15:45

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.

Policies in South Africa must stop ignoring families’ daily realities
Wed, 28 Nov 2018 - 14:30

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.

CI Researcher: Not Enough Being Done to Protect Children
Thu, 10 May 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.)