Child vulnerability: priority and responsibility

SOURCE: State of the Nation 2014: South Africa 1994-2014: a twenty-year review
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2014
TITLE AUTHOR(S): C.Desmond, L.Richter
SOURCE EDITOR(S): T.Meyiwa, M.Nkondo, M.Chitiga-Mabugu, M.Sithole, F.Nyamnjoh
KEYWORDS: CHILD WELL-BEING, CHILDREN, ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN (OVC)
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Capabilities (HSC)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 8325

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Abstract

This chapter discusses the need for an evidence-informed process to develop criteria for priority setting in the childcare sector. If criteria, are not explicitly set, but choices have to be made, they will develop, and those which develop may not be appropriate. To illustrate how they develop, the authors consider the case for prioritising child-headed households for support. The authors also examine why the development of expedient, non-evidence-based criteria is a problem, through a discussion of two further examples from the childcare sector. Finally, we seek to initiate the discussion of how criteria should be set.