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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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.   

Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI)

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The IMCI aims to improve the management of children at primary care level in order to reduce the number of deaths in children in developing countries.

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.

Poisons Information Helpline of the Western Cape

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If a child or adult has consumed, inhaled or is affected in any other way by a substance (from detergents, to plants to medication etc) that could be toxic, or has been stung or bitten by a poisonous animal (scorpion, snake etc), phone the Poisons Information Helpline of the Western Cape on 0861 555 777.

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.

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.