Supported Child Headed Households

A child-headed household is one where there are no adult carers available and children live on their own. Typically an older child will care for siblings, cousins, nephews or nieces. Such a situation is increasingly common in areas with high AIDS mortality and regions affected by genocide or war.

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Leonard Munyaradzi Agere and Marilyn Agere - African Journal of Social Work,

This study explored child headed households (CHH) in South Africa.

Busisiwe Ntuli, Ephodia Sebola and Sphiwe Madiba - Healthcare,

The aim of this study was to explore how older orphans in youth-headed households (YHHs) experience and respond to maternal death and to examine the strategies they employ to care for their younger siblings.

A. Makuyana, S. P. Mbulayi, S. M. Kangethe - Children and Youth Services Review,

This qualitative study used a case study design to explore the manifestations of the core psycho-social deficits associated with children domiciled in child headed households.

Ephodia Sebola, Busisiwe Ntuli, Sphiwe Madiba - The Open Public Health Journal,

This study explored the parenting experiences of orphaned youth heading households in resource-constrainted environments.

Alvhild Strømme, Ewa Sapiezynska, Gunvor Knag Fylkesnes, Keyan Salarkia and Jess Edwards - Save the Children,

This report delves into the differences between boys’ and girls’ experiences through a gendered analysis of the six grave violations of children in conflict, including recruitment of children by armed forces and child abduction. The report makes reference to the vulnerabilities faced by girl heads of household or unaccompanied and separated girls on the move and calls for interventions such as family tracing and reunification, the provision of alternative care for unaccompanied and separated children, and the release and reintegration of children associated with armed forces and armed groups.

United Nations General Assembly Third Committee,

The 2019 Resolution on the Girl Child can be found on pages 7-21 of the Third Committee Report on the Promotion and protection of the rights of children. The Resolution highlights several concerns and recommendations related to children's care.

Murli Desai - Rights-based Integrated Child Protection Service Delivery Systems,

The aim of this module from the book Rights-based Integrated Child Protection Service Delivery Systems is to learn about the need for rights-based support services for children and families at risk in specific situations.

Siphokazi Kwatubana & Mashuda Ebrahim - Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal,

This research investigated the psychosocial-support provision for learners from child-headed households (CHHs) in five public high schools in South Africa.

Mariana Josephat Makuu - Social Work and Society International Online Journal,

The objective of this paper is to examine the situation of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in existing alternative care systems and explore the treatment of OVC in these systems.

Ronald Luwangula, Janestic M. Twikirize, Justus Twesigye and Stanley Kitimbo - Social Work Practice in Africa: Indigenous and Innovative Approaches,

This chapter from Social Work Practice in Africa: Indigenous and Innovative Approaches showcases examples of home-grown indigenous and innovative models of social work practice in Uganda, including local models for addressing the HIV/AIDS orphan crisis in Rakai district.