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South African Child Gauge 2007/2008
Proudlock P, Dutschke M, Jamieson L, Monson J & Smith C (eds) 2008
Children's Institute, University of Cape Town

South African Child Gauge 2007/2008: Social services

The South African Child Gauge is the only publication in the country that provides an annual snap-shot of the status of South Africa’s children.

It is published by the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town, to track South Africa’s progress towards realising children’s rights.

The 2007/2008 issue focused on 'children’s right to social services'.

Click on the links below for a pdf version of each section of the report or click here for the full report. (Note: the full pdf is 3.79 MB and may take some time to download.)

Unfortunately, no more hard copies are available to order.

Back cover
Acknowledgements and contact details
List of tables, figures and case studies

Shirley Pendlebury, Director, Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town

Reflections on children in South Africa
Macharia Kamau, Country Representative, UNICEF South Africa


Key legislative developments affecting children in 2007
Lucy Jamieson, Paula Proudlock and Samantha Waterhouse



Setting the scene for social services: The gap between service need and delivery
Sonja Giese

 Children’s constitutional right to social services
Mira Dutschke and Jo Monson

Developmental social welfare policies and children’s right to social services
Mira Dutschke

The Children’s Act: Providing a strong legislative foundation for a developmental approach to child care and protection
Paula Proudlock and Lucy Jamieson

Budget allocations for implementing the Children’s Act
Debbie Budlender, Paula Proudlock and Jo Monson

Human resources needed to give effect to children’s right to social services
Jackie Loffell, Merle Allsopp, Eric Atmore and Jo Monson

Making the link between social services and social assistance
Charmaine Smith



Introducing Children Count – Abantwana Babalulekile
Lizette Berry and Johannes John-Langba

Demography of South Africa's children
Helen Meintjes, Johannes John-Langba and Lizette Berry

Children's access to social assistance
Johannes John-Langba, Double-Hugh Marera and Lizette Berry

Children's access to education Shirley Pendlebury and Norma Rudolph 

Child health: The general context
Beverly Draper and Johannes John-Langba

Child health: HIV/AIDS
Beverly Draper

Children’s access to housing
Katharine Hall

Children’s access to sanitation, water and electricity
Johannes John-Langba and Double-Hugh Marera

Technical notes on the data sources

About the contributors

Readers' feedback

To the best of my knowledge, the South African Child Gauge is the only publication in South Africa that combines detailed empirical data presented in a user-friendly and accessible format, with insightful and thought-provoking research and commentary in the sphere of children’s rights.

Single best source that I am aware of on the subject area.

It's an excellent, current overview of the primary concerns for children in South Africa.

It makes me realise that as government we still have a lot to do.

I think they are excellent. They give a very short coverage, and I like the fact that they explain the data tables and come up with some sort of conclusion.

It is able to give us alternative picture of issues facing children in South Africa, government statistics are sometimes not an honest picture of enormity of the problems facing this country.

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