Childhood

A Safer Home for the Whole Family

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This guide on how to ensure that your home and garden are safe for you and your children was sponsored by HTH, in association with Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Southern Africa.

Child Abuse Treatment

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The service aims to identify and treat children from birth to 14 years of age who have been physically, sexually or emotionally abused and neglected. Children that are suspected of having been abused can be taken to a primary healthcare clinic where they will be diagnosed and counselled. The clinic sister or doctor will give the child a detailed physical examination and will also take a history. It is essential that the abused child be taken to a health facility as soon as possible. The longer the delay, the more likely the child will suffer severe emotional and psychological trauma.

Child and Youth Care Centres

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Children under the age of 18 years old, who are living and working on the streets, are urged to seek accommodation at child and youth care centres that provide specialised programmes and are registered with the Provincial Department of Social Development.

Child Developmental Screening and Growth Monitoring

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Mothers/caregivers are advised to bring their newborn(s) to primary healthcare clinics for regular check-ups. Health care staff will monitor the child'sDevelopmental screening is done routinely, during clinic visits for immunisation. Screening for developmental disability occurs thrice, when the child is:

Children's Rights

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This document sets out children's rights in an easy-to-read format.

Circles of Support: Caring for Children

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Find out basic information about how to create a circle of support to care for children in difficult home situations.

Help When a Child Has been Arrested

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Who Classifies as a Child? What are the Rights of Children Who are Arrested? What Can a Parent/Guardian Do to Help a Child Who Has been Arrested? What Can I Do if My Child is being Treated Inappropriately? Where Can I Find out More about the Child Justice Bill?

Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI)

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IMCI is a strategy developed by the World Health Organisation's Division of Child Health and Development and UNICEF. It has been introduced in more than 30 countries around the world to address morbidity and mortality in children under five years. The strategy focuses on the child as a whole, rather than on a single disease or condition. Sick children often arrive at primary health care facilities with a number of sicknesses and have to be managed in an integrated manner at home and at the clinic. 

Integrated Nutrition Programme

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The Integrated Nutrition Programme (INP) aims to improve the nutritional status of all people living in the Western Cape province. There are numerous aspects to this programme.

Preparing for School

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Find information about locating a school, school-readiness testing, parent's rights and responsibilities relating to schools, admission to schools and more.

Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital Poison Line

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If your baby, toddler or child has consumed, inhaled or is affected in any other way by a substance (from detergents, to plants to medication etc) that could be toxic, phone the Poisons Information Helpline of the Western Cape on 0861 555 777. Expert advice on the substance and its side effects will be given as well as advice on what to do.

Road to Health Card

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The card - a record of immunisations and growth rate - is given to mothers when their infant is born and is used to monitor the development of the child until it is five years old.

Screening for Developmental Disabilities in Pre-School Children

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Detailed guidelines for health workers on how to screen for developmental disabilities in children aged from zero to six weeks, nine months and 18 months. Information is also given on when to refer to cases up the line.