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South African Child Gauge 2016

The Children's Institute launched its South African Child Gauge 2016 - dedicated to the theme of children and social assistance - in Pretoria on 22 November.

CHILDREN ON THE FRONT PAGE VICE-CHANCELLOR’S OPEN LECTURE

Watch the video recording of Emeritus Professor Marian Jacobs, reflecting on progress and current challenges.

Child Rights and Child Law Short Course 2016

The Child Rights and Child Law short course for Health and Allied professionals will be offered on 11–15 July and 5–9 December.  Closing date for the June course: 17 June

South African Child Gauge

An annual monitor of the situation of South Africa’s children, and the realisation of their rights

Using Child Rights to Enhance Health Care Practice

In July, UCT’s Children’s Institute hosted its short course on Child Rights and Child Law for Health and Allied Professionals.

The Child Rights and Child Law short course for Health and Allied professionals will be offered on 11–15 July and 5–9 December.  Closing date for the June course: 17 June 2016

This accredited five-day short course provides cutting-edge education in child rights and child law for health and allied professionals - including training on consent to medical treatment and the reporting of child abuse and neglect as outlined in the new Children’s Act and Sexual Offences Amendment Act.

The course is targeted at doctors, nurses, educators and allied professionals who are responsible for child health at all levels of the health care system. It carries 60 CPD ethics points for professionals registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and 20 CPD points for social workers registered with the SA Council for Social Service Professions.

Download the Invitation for more information.

Download the Application Form.

NEWS

Children and social assistance: Investing in children - Child Gauge 2016

Book ChildGauge 2016 coverThis 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(r) 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.

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Provincial hearings on the Children's Second Amendment Bill

The National Assembly held public hearings on the Children’s Amendment Bill and the Children’s Second Amendment Bill in September 2015, and following deliberations passed the bills in August 2016. Both Bills were then referred to the Select Committee on Social Services in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). The Select Committee is discussing the Children’s Amendment Bill and is due to finalise it on 08 November 2016. However, the Children’s Second Amendment Bill, affects the provinces, and has been sent to the provincial legislatures so that they can consider it.

View the dates for the provincial hearings | View the versions of the bill approved by the NA


Rights to Enhance Health Care Practice

In July, UCT’s Children’s Institute hosted its short course on Child Rights and Child Law for Health and Allied Professionals. Doctors, nurses, social workers and other health professionals brushed up on the latest policies, laws and developments in the field.

Read more about the CRaCL short course


Launch of the South African Early Childhood Review (2016)

The Children’s Institute in collaboration with Ilifa Labantwana and the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency recently launched a new publication: the South African Early Childhood Review (2016). With over 40 indicators, this publication gives a statistical review of the situation of young children (0 – 6 year olds) and that of their primary caregivers, and also contains information on service delivery across five domains that are based on the essential components of the comprehensive package of Early Childhood Development (ECD) services.

Read/download the South African Early Childhood Review


 South African Child Gauge 2015

The tenth issue of the South African Child Gauge examines some of the key issues facing the country's youth during the critical transition into young adulthood, informed by a life-course understanding of development. It motivates for a strengthened evidence base, for key interventions to realise the rights of youth, and to tap into youth’s capacities to disrupt the intergenerational transmission of poverty. Our project partners for this issue was UNICEF South Africa; the Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation; World Vision South Africa; the DG Murray Trust; the DSF-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development, University of the Witwatersrand; and UCT’s Poverty and Inequality Initiative. 

Download the 2015 issue 

Read more about the Child Gauge®series.  


Parliament calls for comments on Children's Amendment Bills

The Children’s Institute made written submissions to the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the Children’s Amendment Bill and the Children’s Second Amendment Bill. The submission on the Children’s Amendment Bill was presented to the committee during the public hearings on 4 September 2015. The submission on the Children’s Second Amendment Bill was presented to the Portfolio Committee on 23 September 2015. Find out what our main concerns are regarding the proposed amendments:

View the written submission | View the verbal presentation

More information


Testing child deaths review mechanism – pilot phase completed

Our pilot study to test the effectiveness of multi-disciplinary child death review (CRD) teams in two South African locations has been completed. This evaluation of CDRs set out to determine if this approach can be used as a mechanism to strengthen a multi-sectoral response to child protection, and was done in partnership with two other UCT units, the Medical Research Council, two provincial health departments, and Childline South Africa.

The findings point to interesting variations in causes of death at the two pilot sites in different provinces, and ways to strengthen the health, child protection and criminal justice systems. | More about the project

Featured Publications

  • Law review
  • ECD Guide
  • Health guide
  • Drop-in centre guide
  • CYCC Guide

Law review: South Africa’s progress in realising children’s rights

Law review: South Africa’s progress in realising children’s rights

South Africa’s 20-year anniversary of the start of democracy is a good moment to take stock of progress in realising children’s rights, and to flag challenges in need of attention. This review of South African laws aimed at realising children’s rights was done to assess whether these laws have been designed and are being implemented in compliance with international and constitutional law. It focuses on children’s rights to birth registration; basic nutrition; social assistance; basic education; special protection when in conflict with the law; protection from violence; and appropriate alternative care when removed from the family environment. Produced in partnership with Save the Children South Africa. | Download

Children's Act guide for early childhood developme…

Children's Act guide for early childhood development practitioners

This guide is for people working in the early childhood development (ECD) sector and focuses on the parts of the Children’s Act that are most useful for ECD practitioners. In particular, the guide will be useful for the managers or supervisors of ECD centres, programmes and services; trainers providing capacity building to ECD practitioners; and a range of ECD service providers, including community-based ECD facilitators who do home visits. View other Children’s Act guides and resources.

Children's Act guide for health professionals

Children's Act guide for health professionals

This guide is for people working in the health sector, and outlines the specific provisions of the Children’s Act that apply to health professionals. It explains the children's rights and principles that inform the Act and addresses difficult questions such as how to determine the best interests of the child, and whether consensual sex between adolescents should be reported. The guide also details the consent requirements for different health services, and explains what to do in an emergency, or in case of conflict between parents and the child. It informs health professionals of their mandatory obligations to report abuse and neglect and examines how to interpret these requirements in light of recent court judgements. This edition has been substantially updated and includes short cases from health professionals to assist with the interpretation of the Act. View other Children’s Act guides and resources.

Children's Act guide for drop-in centre managers

Children's Act guide for drop-in centre managers

This guide aims to equip service providers with the necessary knowledge and understanding to interpret and apply the Children’s Act when delivering services to vulnerable children and youth. It provides answers on which programmes a drop-in centre can run, how to register drop-in centres, and staff and staff training requirements. View other Children’s Act guides and resources.

Children's Act guide for child and youth care workers

Children's Act guide for child and youth care workers

This is an updated guide to the Children’s Act is for everyone working in child and youth care. Workers in residential care and community programmes, managers of child and youth care centres including shelters, trainers and supervisors will benefit from the necessary knowledge and understanding of how to interpret and apply the Children’s Act when delivering services. The new edition includes information on working with children on the streets and updates on recent changes to the law. View other Children’s Act guides and resources.

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CI in the news

School system replicating apartheid
IOL, 24/11/2015

When the optimism of the youth conquers all
Sunday Times, 22/11/2015, p. 19

Stay hopeful – millennials are not the lost generation
The Saturday Star, 21/11/2015, p. 15

Newsroom: Youth and poverty
SABC News Digital, 18/11/2015

South African Child Gauge 2015
Redi Thlabi talk show, Cape Talk/702, 18/11/2015

Urgent intervention needed for SA’s impoverished children – report
702 online, 18/11/2015

This is the average child in SA
City Press, Voices, 15/11/2015, p. 6

‘Born-frees no better off than parents’
Weekend Argus, 15/11/2015, p. 11

Born-free(s), but still in chains
IOL, 15/11/2015

Class war looms as pupils suffer racism in school
Saturday Star, 14/11/2015, p. 19

Children in crisis
The Star, 12/11/2015, p. 14 [editorial]

Armoede onder kinders
eNCANews [Afrikaans], 11/11/2015 

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