Tackling the registration issues experienced by unregistered child care facilities
The South African Children’s Act regulates the registration of what it terms child and youth care centres. Children in unregistered facilities often lack social work services, and thus miss out on opportunities to be reunified with their families, or to be fostered or adopted. Despite the undeniable benefits of registration, there are concerns that the process of registration is being carried out in a way that ignores the good work that has been done by some unregistered facilities, and their value as community based resources. The University of Pretoria’s Centre for Child Law explains what is happening here.