Children in Distress Network

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Welcome To CINDI

Networking for vulnerable children

Networking and capacity building contextually with the purpose of improving the lives of children and caregivers using methods that are children centred and a specific focus on child participation.


CINDI aims to ensure children and caregivers access their constitutional rights through processes of collaboration leading to community driven action.




CINDI networks with the purpose of improving the linkages between local stakeholders and the wider national and international policy and practice environments. Through these linkages, we increase the voice and agency of those working on the ground in order to improve the lived experiences of children and their families. To find out more about this approach see Networking for Children’s Rights and Child Participation 

Local level networking is our primary focus – connecting our members with one another and with other key stakeholders in their sphere of influence. Understanding that local context is influenced by national context, CINDI is also represented in a number of national forums including:

  • We are working group member of the Yezingane Network, a national network of organisations working to address the impact of HIV and AIDS on children. Yezingane represents the children’s sector within the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC).
  • The South African Alternate Report Coalition (SA-ARC) and made submissions to the 2015 Alternate Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in response to South Africa’s Combined 2nd, 3rd and 4th Periodic Country Report on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as to the 2017 Alternate Report to South Africa’s 2nd C.
  • The National Child Care and Protection Forum coordinated by the National Department of Social Development.
  • The Child Rights Network coordinated by the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town.
  • The Alliance for Children’s Entitlement to Social Security (ACESS). In 2014, CINDI was asked to become the secretariat for ACESS and manage their ongoing project work on the use of alternative documents to access social grants funded through Save the Children South Africa. Awareness raising workshops were held with civil society organisations (CSOs) in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and Western Cape. At a national level, meetings took place with SASSA to work towards developing improved stakeholder relations between CSOs and SASSA for improved service delivery, particularly around the use of alternative documents (Regulation 11(1) of the Social Assistance Act, 2004).


Internationally, we are founding members of Family for Every Child, a global alliance of local civil society organisations working to improve the lives of vulnerable children around the world. Through this partnership, CINDI has produced a number of research documents and reports including Researching the linkages between social protection and children’s care in South Africa: The Child Support Grant and Foster Child Grant and their effects on child well-being and care .


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Family For Every Child



DST (Digital Storytelling Technique)



Cash 4 Care



Publication On South Africa Social Prtection




A Skelton CCL Court Orders preventing lapsing of FCGs 2011 and 2014



Best Practices Booklet Compressed



DSD Urgent application Dec 2014 DGs affidavit



Foster care system is failing orphans Media Release 23 Oct 2014



P Proudlock FCG Reforms Progress Update Jan 2015



PCAP Evaluation 2013 Report Compressed 



We are also members of ISPCAN and affiliated with the Better Care Network Care to Practice online community and the RISE Learning Network .

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