The Institute is structured to ensure linkages between University faculties, departments and research units concerned with informing child policy and practice, and also to maintain linkages between the academic and policy environments.

The quality of Children's Institute research is ensured through peer review and the promotion of cross-disciplinary work.

Housed in the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Institute is led by a director, who is assisted by a Governing Board:

Tracey Naledi
Tracey Naledi (Chair), Deputy Dean: Health Services, UCT Faculty of Health Sciences
Expertise: Translation of research into policy and practice, strengthening systems for health and health equity
Zane Dangor
Zane Dangor, Special Adviser to the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
Expertise: international human rights law; human rights and development; economic and social justice; public administration and development management; social development.
Matlhodi Angelina Makwetla
Matlhodi Angelina Makwetla, Commissioner of the South African Human Rights Commission Responsible for Children’s Rights
Expertise: Children's rights, human rights, gender-based violence and femicide, social welfare workforce, ethics, and the role of business in realising child rights
Karabo Ozah
Karabo Ozah, Director of the Centre for Child Law and Lecturer in Private Law, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
Expertise: Children's Rights, Human Rights, Family Law
Benyam Dawit Mezmur
Benyam Dawit Mezmur, Head of the Children's Rights Project at the Dullah Omar Institute and Deputy Dean: Research and Postgraduate Studies of the Law Faculty, University of the Western Cape, Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
Expertise: children’s rights law; international protection of human rights
Jeremy Seekings
Jeremy Seekings, Professor of Political Studies and Sociology and Director, Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town
Expertise: general social science, including studies of adolescents and youth
Crain Soudien
Crain Soudien, Emeritus Professor UCT, Honorary Professor Nelson Mandela University
Expertise: Public Policy, youth development, social difference, poverty and inequality
Ingrid Woolard
Ingrid Woolard, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Stellenbosch University
Expertise: Poverty, inequality, unemployment, social assistance, fiscal policy
Shanaaz Mathews
Shanaaz Mathews, ex officio Director
Expertise: Children & violence, child protection, child abuse, gender policy, gender-based violence, evidence-based programming
Katharine Hall
Katharine Hall, ex officio Fianace Portfolio
Expertise: Social policy, child poverty & inequality,social grants, households & mobility, indicators
Paula Proudlock
Paula Proudlock, ex officio staff representative
Expertise: Child rights; legislative review; law reform,democracy and governance; socio-economic rights for children