Researchers from the University of Johannesburg over the past two years have conducted studies on child-headed households and presented their findings on Wednesday in Soweto.
The study found that an alarmingly large number of children in schools are from child-headed households or are supporting their families.
Many of these children lost their parents to HIV and aids-related illnesses despite the roll-out of free antiretroviral drugs by government.
Mike Wills (standing in for John Maytham) spoke to Alison Brown,Social Worker about the emotional or psychological effects these children are exposed to.
I think the outcome is in simple terms, depression, anxiety and stress would be evident— Alison Brown,Social Worker
The schools are the first port of call which is why social services needs to be involved in schools— Alison Brown,Social Worker