South African Child Gauge 2018
Children, Family and the State: Collaboration and Contestation
This CoE has supported the production and planning of the Child Gauge since 2015.
The South African Child Gauge 2018 was launched at the CoE's Children, Family and the State conference at Wits University on Tuesday 20 November 2018.
The South African Child Gauge is the only publication in the country that provides an annual snapshot 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 South African Child Gauge 2018 focuses on children at the interface of families and the state. It looks at areas of effective collaboration as well as contestation or tension between families and the state, such as where families fail to nurture children in ways that the state requires, or when the state does not fulfil its obligation to provide an enabling environment in which to do so. While families have increased access to services in the post-apartheid era, the 2018 Child Gauge urges government to focus attention on improving the capacity and quality of responsive services to families.