Child Status Index (CSI)

The Child Status Index tool was originally developed by the University of North Carolina and has been adopted as an international measuring tool by multinational agencies such as PEPFAR and USAID.

The Child Status Index is a tool that:

  • Is a valuable and holistic tool that assesses the current vulnerabilities of a child.
  • Creates individualised goal directed action plans for vulnerable children.
  • Develops case management strategies for specific vulnerabilities
  • Monitors improvements in specific areas of a child’s wellbeing
  • Provides data for organisations and community decision making
  • Identifies areas of concern that can be served by programme interventions

The areas that are addressed by the Child Status Index have been divided into six domains and include:

  1. Food and Nutrition
  2. Shelter and Care
  3. Child Protection
  4. Health
  5. Psychosocial
  6. Education and Skills Training

Thokomala Community Support Centre in KwaNywusa was chosen as the initial CSI implementation site.  CSI Workshops were planned and designed to improve community workers’ knowledge of the six domain areas and give them the information to assist them in assessing the child, educating the families and creating action plans where necessary.  Training was then conducted over a six day period, and included informational sessions at the NGO and practical sessions at Slindile Primary School.

A report was derived from the data collected from the sample of children in the community which will be used in conversations with local government as well as providing Thokomala with data to enable them to prioritise their programme interventions and seek funding for areas of vulnerability within their community.