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Functions of the Children's Institute

1. Research and scholorship:

  • Defining research questions in specific child policy areas
  • Conducting quality policy research and clarification
  • Stimulating inter-disciplinary research
  • Collating and analysing secondary research and datasets
  • Promoting socially responsive research and debate on policy issues pertinent to children's well-being


2. Education and training:

  • Conducting policy research training for graduate students from different disciplines
  • Contributing child policy modules to existing programmes
  • Delivering short courses and other appropriate training to child practitioners and policy-makers

3. Technical assistance and support

  • Providing technical assistance to policy-makers and practitioners
  • Supporting child policy roleplayers with information, training and practice guidelines


4. Advocacy:

  • Communicating with government decision-makers
  • Producing publications directed at the policy, service provider, academic and popular fields
  • Disseminating information on children's rights and their situation in South Africa
  • Participating in and supporting social movements that prioritise and promote children's well-being
  • Increasing the cadre of practitioners, scholars and researchers versed in evidence-based approaches to child-focused policies and practices

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