PAN: Children

Welcome to the PAN:Children Portal. PAN:Children is an online knowledge-hub complemented by dialogue and capacity building activities. We seek to provide timely and up-to-date information on child rights and equity. A partnership between the HSRC and UNICEF, this platform aims to provide a consolidated digital repository on the situation of children in South Africa. Please see the “About Us” page for further information.

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On 28 April 2015 the Department of Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) convened a roundtable on three diagnostics related to children. These are The diagnostic review of Early Childhood Development (ECD), Impact of Grade R on learning outcomes and the Diagnostic/implementation evaluation of nutrition interventions for  children from conception to age 5. We provide links to all related documents for each diagnostic above. Note that DPME has collated all relevant documents including improvement plans and progress reports, and in the case of the diagnostic on nutrition interventions there are a number of case studies. Attached are presentations from the Roundtable. We have also attached a policy brief on the Impact of the introduction of Grade R on learning outcomes.

PAN: Children from time to time invites experts in the child rights field to write Opinion Pieces on specific topics to stimulate debate.The opinion piece reassesses the minimum age of criminal capacity in South Africa and it was written for PAN: Children by Morgan Courtenay. He is a member of the Johannesburg Society of Advocates. In addition to his private practice he is in-house counsel for the Centre for Child Law. His areas of interest in child law include: detention of children; mental health and disability; and child justice.

Bridging the know-do gap

This book from the Australian National University focuses on three groups—policymakers, service providers and researchers—to examine how to enhance their ability to work together. The particular emphasis is on how to improve the uptake of sound research evidence into government policy and into service provision. How can research knowledge be brokered to achieve effective decision making and action that improve children’s wellbeing? The aim is to provide examples of different ways this can be achieved, as well as laying foundations for further development of knowledge-brokering initiatives.

On 25 February 2015 PAN Children hosted a seminar titled 'Let us Play! Lessons and Reflections on Co-Creating Playful Cities in Johannesburg' which profiled the Hummingbird Children’s Centre. The seminar reflected on the learning gained through its Playwork practice, the challenges encountered in establishing permanent play sites and how to get play provision onto local government agendas. Attached is a report and presentation from the seminar. Click here to watch the seminar. Download a case study about  Promoting play and creating playful cities: A profile of the Hummingbird Children’s Centre.

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Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights, UN Women’s flagship report, shows that, all too often, women’s economic and social rights are held back, because they are forced to fit into a ‘man’s world’. But, it is possible to move beyond the status quo, to picture a world where economies are built with women’s rights at their heart. Download the executive summary.

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The year 2014 marks the seventh Labour Market Dynamics Report in South Africa since the inception of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) in 2008. The report provides information on labour market trends over the period 2008–2014, with particular focus on labour market dynamics as provided for by QLFS panel data. Between 2008 and 2014, the number of employed persons increased from 14,6 million to 15,1 million; however, the number of unemployed persons increased from 4,3 million to 5,1 million, resulting in an increase in the unemployment rate from 22,5% in 2008 to 25,1% in 2014. In addition, the absorption rate in 2014 at 42,8% was still 3,1 percentage points below the peak reached in 2008.

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This statistical release presents information on prenatal deaths in South Africa for prenatal deaths that occurred in 2011 - 2013 based on all perinatal death notification forms from the civil registration system maintained by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). Specifically, the release provides statistics on the causes of perinatal deaths focusing on the main cause of death. Information on perinatal deaths for the period 1997-2010 has also been included to show trends in perinatal deaths.

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This paper describes voluntary or coerced sexual experience at sexual debut from a longitudinal perspective among a large sample of young South Africans participating in the Birth to Twenty Plus cohort.

PAN: Children from time to time invites experts in the child rights field to write Opinion Pieces on specific topics to stimulate debate.This opinion piece looks, in particular, at government funding for social welfare services as reflected in the budgets tabled in the legislatures in February-March 2014. Most of this funding is found in the budget votes of the nine provincial departments of social development (DSD), while the funding for social assistance, including the various social grants, is found in the budget vote of national DSD. This opinion piece was written for PAN: Children by Debbie Budlender an independent social policy researcher.

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'Knowing How To Protect: Using Research Evidence To Prevent Harm To Children' outlines some ways forward to improve evidence use in child protection. The sad reality is that abuse and neglect of children is not in decline. Much has been written about the need to rethink services and ensure that limited resources achieve the best possible outcomes for our most vulnerable children and families. This report argues that the perceived tension between using evidence to inform practice and professional judgement is misplaced and outdated. It advocates for a move toward ‘Structured Professional Judgement’, in which professional decision-making is supported by research-based standardised tools.