Child and Youth Care Workers in South Africa


This technical brief developed by the AIDSTAR-Two project examines a specific cadre of health workers, child and youth care workers. This technical brief describes the process behind the scale-up of the cadre of community-based child and youth care workers in South Africa, including the rationale for this cadre’s expansion; the proposed regulations for ensuring an educated, trained and qualified CYCW workforce; the plans for supporting this cadre; lessons learned to date in this particular aspect of South Africa’s drive to transform its social services; and recommendations for others on how to plan and operationalize a similar program. This information may enable interested countries to replicate and adapt successful processes in their own context.