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