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Using international policy instruments to address gender-based violence and abuse in South Africa

Gender based violence, often expressed as sexual abuse of both women and children, is rampant in South Africa, but is seems as though the political will to seriously address the problem is lacking. In the absence of any impact after local advocacy efforts, it has been imperative to look at the international community as a […]

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Posted on 1 Feb 2013

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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 […]

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Posted on 31 Jan 2013

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Assessing the ability of loveLife goGogetters to improve outcomes for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

loveLife’s goGogetter programme aims to assist Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) by changing the circumstances that add to their vulnerability.  This is done by establishing and drawing on social networks and building social capital through elderly women called goGogetters. In 2011 a series of three case studies was done to establish whether the structured social […]

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Posted on 31 Jan 2013

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Reflecting on models of support for children in places of safety: Give a Child a Family

In 2011, the DGMT began to reflect more deeply on models of support for children in places of safety. We were particularly interested in models that have a strong focus on reintegrating children back into communities, as well as, on the provision of long-term post-placement support. Through a grant made to Give a Child a […]

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Posted on 1 Jun 2012

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The Centre for Child Law on strategic impact litigation

Based on a learning brief prepared by the Centre for Child Law Although the legal framework for children’s rights in South Africa is extremely progressive, the fact that South Africa is a developing country means that the realization of the rights guaranteed to children presents a great challenge. As a result, it is necessary that […]

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Posted on 16 Mar 2012

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