Research Report: Trends in South African Child Welfare from 2001-2010.
A CSDA Research Report. Johannesburg: Centre for Social Development in Africa, University of Johannesburg published in 2013. In an effort to move away from a discriminatory, residual welfare model towards one that is more inclusive, rights-based and developmental in character, the South African welfare system experienced important shifts post-apartheid.
Change has typically been assessed through the lens of transformation. Thiis study endeavoured to establish the trends, particularly in child welfare, over the previous decade (2001-2010). Trends were described as including new practices or practice models, significant changes within existing practice, novel projects and programmes, new internal agency policies, but also ongoing practices. The purpose of the study was to identify developments which might extend beyond the formal transformation agenda. In addition, the study aimed at highlighting the drivers that in uence or shape these trends. Policymakers, practitioners and academics can benefit from understanding the recent trends and the factors motivating them.