The Research Programme of the CJCP undertakes high quality, rigorous and scientific research on crime in South Africa, with a particular focus on crime and violence relating to children and youth. The programme has the capacity to undertake large-scale as well as utilizing a range of qualitative and child-oriented methodologies appropriate to both urban and rural environments. Work relating to children and young people includes a National Schools Violence Study (NSVS), intended to collect accurate and representative data on the levels and nature of violence in schools; a Youth Resiliency project, identifying the most significant factors contributing to building resilience to crime amongst South African youth; a Cyber-Bullying and Aggression Pilot Study, an exploration into the causes of youth violence in South Africa; and National Youth Victimisation studies (NYVS).
The Research has also undertaken research in post-conflict SADC countries; namely the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mozambique and Namibia, on violence as a barrier to education. The programme also has past and current experience working in South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya.
The CJCP has extensive experience in the design and implementation of baseline and evaluation studies.
The results of the undertaken research is targeted at a broad stakeholders, including policy makers, practitioners and the academic arena. All research results are disseminated to as wide an audience as possible, for both national and regional projects.
Partners and funders we've worked with include the Department of Education, UNICEF, the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Research, the Open Society Foundation of South Africa (OSF-SA), the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA), and the European Union through the Conflict and Governance Facility (CAGE), Save The Children (Sweden), Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse (RAPCAN), the Royal Netherlands Embassy, the World Bank, and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), UBS Optimus Foundation, GIZ, Comic Relief UK, UNODC, DFID Ethiopoa, South Sudan Safety an to Justic Project (SAJP), OSI Crime and Violence Initiative, CSIR and International Committee of the Red Cross.
On the basis of it's research CJCP is regularly invited to sit on international working groups and participate in national and international fora. Recent examples include the World Health Organisation's Youth Violence Prevention Guidline Development Group, the UN-HABITAT Global Expert Group Meeting and UNICEF/The Berkman Centre for Internet and Society at Harvard University's Digitally Connected meeting and the Small Arms Survey's Geneva Declarations Expert Meeting on crime and violence observatories.