Child Care and Protection Services
The Department of Social Development's Child Care and Protection Programme aims to safeguard and promote child well-being and build resilience of families and communities to care for and protect their children.
The Department of Social Development Child Care & Protection Programme provides services to children who:
Need care and protection.
Have special needs (this can include chronic illnesses, disabilities and those children who display behaviours that are difficult to manage). Through this programme the Department is committed to building families and communities that care and protect children in order to reach their full potential.
We offer Public Education and prevention programmes, targeting children; parents; families and communities, with more focus on parental responsibilities and rights.
A range of programmes and services for children with risky behaviours e.g. safety and risk assessment services; therapeutic and psycho social services, temporary safe care programmes; adolescent development; programmes for children with behavioural, psychological and emotional challenges, transitional care and support programmes for children about to exit alternative care; programmes for children that live and beg on the streets.
Statutory services - e.g. foster care programme, adoption programme.
Programmes aimed at reunifying children, that had been placed in alternative placements, with their families or communities of origin.
Child and Youth Care Centers
The Department provides a supportive and safe environment for children in need of care and protection in residential facilities and shelters through a multi-programme and specialist service model that provides developmental, therapeutic and recreational interventions that enable the reintegration of the child into their community.
Level 2 Residential Facility: provides a placement for children in need of care and protection in less restrictive CYCC residential care programmes for temporary placement or long-term placement.
Level 3 Residential Facility: provides a placement for children in need of care and protection in more restrictive CYCC programmes. These are mainly specialised behavior modification/assessment programmes or a secure care programme.
Level 4 Residential Facility: provides placement for children in conflict with the law (awaiting trial and sentenced youth) in accordance with the Child Justice Act. The residential care programmes include in-house diversion programmes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Child Care and Protection Programme Brochure
Child and Protection Campaign Flyer
For more information contact:
Ms. Sherene Lucas
Tel: 021 483 4016
Ms. Ancilla Adonis
Tel: 021 483 4631
Ms. Nomfanelo Hobongwana
Tel: 021 483 6135
Ms. Esmarie Beukes
Tel: 021 483 6090
Ms. Lynne Edwards
Tel: 021 483 2643
Mr. Igsaan Williams
Tel: 021 483 4021
For Foster Care information contact:
Ms. Najwa Taliep
Tel: 021 483 5813
Or contact or visit a local office near you.
Useful Contact Numbers
Department of Social Development : 0800 220 250
Child Welfare SA: 0861 424 453
South African Social Security Agency : 0800 601 011
Gender Based Violence Command Center: 0800 428 428