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Child Gauge 2012

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South African Child Gauge 2012
Hall K, Woolard I, Lake L & Smith C (eds) 2012
Children's Institute, University of Cape Town

South African Child Gauge 2012

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 2012 issue focuses on the theme 'Children and inequality: closing the gap'.

Click on the links below to download a PDF version or order a hard copy.

Full report (4.4 MB)
Poster (894 KB)
Policy brief (578 KB)
Child-friendly summary (548 KB)

Back cover
Acknowledgements and contact details
Broad overview
List of figures, tables and cases
List of abbreviations

Dr Max Price, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town

Reflections on child poverty and inequality
The Honourable Trevor Manuel, Minister in the Presidency, National Planning Commission



Legislative developments in 2011/2012
Lucy Jamieson, Paula Proudlock and Tendai Nhenga-Chakarisa



Overview of part two

Equality rights and children: Moving beyond a one-size-fits-all approach
Sandra Liebenberg

Children and inequality: An introduction and overview
Katharine Hall and Ingrid Woolard

Spatial inequality: Persistent patterns of child deprivation
Gemma Wright and Michael Noble

Inequalities in children’s household contexts: Place, parental presence and migration
Katharine Hall and Dorrit Posel

Income inequality and social grants: Ensuring social assistance for children most in need
Debbie Budlender and Ingrid Woolard

Early childhood development services: Increasing access to benefit the most vulnerable children
Linda Biersteker

Addressing inequities in child health: Opportunities and challenges
David Sanders, Louis Reynolds and Lori Lake

Children and HIV: Monitoring equitable access to services
Sanjana Bhardwaj, Sonja Giese, Nonhlanhla Dlamini and Latasha Slavin

Education, the great equaliser: Improving access to quality education
Nicola Branson and Tia Linda Zuze

Children and inequality: Closing the gap
George Laryea-Adjei and Mastoera Sadan



Introducing Children Count – Abantwana Babalulekile
Updated by Katharine Hall and Lori Lake

Demography of South Africa’s children
Updated by Helen Meintjes and Katharine Hall

Income poverty, unemployment and social grants
Updated by Katharine Hall

Child health
Updated by Katharine Hall, Lori Lake and Lizette Berry

Children’s access to education
Updated by Katharine Hall

Children’s access to housing
Updated by Katharine Hall

Children’s access to basic services
Updated by Katharine Hall

Technical notes on the data sources

About the contributors

Copyright © 2012 Children's Institute, University of Cape Town

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