The Institute is structured to ensure linkages between University faculties, departments and research units concerned with informing child policy and practice, and also to maintain linkages between the academic and policy environments.
The quality of Children's Institute research is ensured through peer review and the promotion of cross-disciplinary work.
Housed in the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Institute is led by a director, who is assisted by a Governing Board comprising members of different faculties of the University, and Children's Institute staff representatives. The Governing Board members are:
- Prof Sue Kidson (chairperson), Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT
- Prof Pierre de Vos, Claude Leon Foundaton Chair in Constitutional Governance, Faculty of Law, UCT
- Ms Judith Favish, Director: Institutional Planning, UCT
- Prof Deborah Posel, Founding Director: Institute for Humanities in Africa, Faculty of Humanities, UCT
- Dr Christiaan Scott, Head: Rheumatology, School of Adolescent and Child Health, UCT
- Prof Crain Soudien, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Transformation and Social Responsiveness, UCT
- Associate Prof Mathews (Director), Katharine Hall (Senior Researcher) and Charmaine Smith (Communication and Knowledge Manager) are the Children's Institute representatives on the Governing Board.
The Institute is also guided by an international Board of Advisors:
- Mrs Graça Machel (honorary chairperson), Chancellor of UCT and President of the Organisation of Mozambican Children
- Prof J. Lawrence Aber (de facto chairperson), Albert and Blanche Willner Family Professor of Psychology and Public Policy, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University
- Prof Thokozile Mayekiso, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Engagements, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
- Ms Nomathemba Mazaleni, independent consultant and former Chief of Party: Integrated Primary Health Care Project, Management Sciences for Health, Tswane, South Africa
- Prof John R. Pinkerton, Professor of Child and Family Social Work: School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Dr Jon E. Rohde, former director of the EQUITY Project, Eastern Cape, and former country UNICEF representative in India
- Adv Tseliso Thipanyane, independent consultant now living in New York, formerly the Chief Executive Officer: South African Human Rights Commission