The Influence of the Child Support Grant on Education and Health Capabilities of Children




child well-being, capabilities, child support grant, body mass index, education


This article describes research which sought to understand how the Child Support Grant, an unconditional cash transfer in South Africa, influences children’s capabilities in education and health. Of children aged five to 14 years, who are legally required to attend school, the presence of the grant was found to enhance enrolment in the early years of education and resulted in healthier body mass indices. This finding was despite child beneficiaries residing in poorer households with lower access to services than children not receiving the grant. Some services, however, such as water and electricity proved vital to the promotion of school enrolment and the health of these children. The research highlighted the need for resources in the form of basic services to supplement household income in order to enhance child capabilities required for development.


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How to Cite

Moodley, Jacqueline, Jenita Chiba, and Leila Patel. 2017. “The Influence of the Child Support Grant on Education and Health Capabilities of Children”. Southern African Journal of Social Work and Social Development 29 (2):18 pages.



Received 2017-03-30
Accepted 2017-10-04
Published 2018-02-27