This document sets out children's rights in an easy-to-read format.
Children are among the most vulnerable members of society and need special protection. It's our shared responsibility as parents, families and government to ensure that all of our children are safe from harm and grow up in nurturing environments.
What is the Child Justice Act (CJA)? Since 1 April 2010, children who committed crime are dealt with in terms of the Child Justice Act (CJA), instead of the normal criminal procedure which is used for adults. The aim of the CJA is to set up a child justice system specifically for children in conflict with the law. Who classifies as a child? According to the Child Justice Act (CJA), a child is someone who is under the age of 18 years.
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This information booklet explains to children what their rights are and looks at how different laws affect them. It also provides practical suggestions on how children can access the justice and legal system and where they can go for help.
The provincial Department of Social Development, along with non-profit organisations, provide re-integration and after care services to children and adults in conflict with the law.