CHILD ABUSE MANAGEMENT
NEW CHILD CARE LEGISLATION


Scope of Presentation
The prevention and management of child abuse
Legislative and policy framework
Draft Strategy to manage on child Abuse and Neglect
Protocol Development (provincial and national)
Prevention I Early Intervention
Training
The development of new child care legislation
Partnerships
Funding and human resources
Challenges

The prevention and management of child abuse

Child abuse management implies an inter-sectoral approach
The following key Stakeholders are involved:
Department of Justice and
Constitutional Development Education,
Health, Home Affairs, Child Labour,
Safety and Security, Foreign Affairs,
Office on the Rights of the Child (OP)
and the national Prosecuting Authority
Civil Society

The prevention and management of child abuse
- legislative and policy framework
Legislation
- Child Care Act 74 of 1983
The Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998
- Sexual Offences Act 23 of 1957
- The Film and Publications Act 65 of 1996
- New Children's Bill

The prevention and management of child abuse
- legislative and policy framework
Policy Framework
- National Programme of Action for children
- Social Crime Prevention Strategy
- Victim Empowerment Programme
- Revised Strategic Plan on Child Abuse
- Protocols on the management of child abuse and neglect
- Child Protection Register
- draft policy on notification of suspicions of possible ill treatment of or injury to children and of children suffering from nutritional deficiency diseases

Protocols on the management of child abuse
Main Purpose
To ensure standardized procedures in dealing
with abused and neglected children
To ensure immediate intervention in all
cases of abuse and ,neglect.
To promote and emphasize a multi - disciplinary approach in order to ensure for most effective services to children
To clarify the respective roles and responsibilities of all role-player in the process. multi - disciplinary
To ensure accountability of all role-players within multi-disciplinary approach

PREVENTION AND EARLY INTERVENTION

Child Protection Week
- To inform, educate and mobile the general public in
respect of efforts to create a child-friendly Socio-economic
and political environment that s~ill facilitate
the optional development and well-being of children
After hour services
- Support to SAPS
- DSD in Western Cape
Family Preservation Projects
Partnerships - NGO sector programmes
- "Child Welfare Society - Eve on the child"
- National Child Line


TRAINING
Training of trainers

Training of all professionals
- Core Course in Child Protection
- Multi-disciplinary case management
- Protecting children during court proceedings
- Domestic violence and the implication for child abuse
- Therapeutic work with children, families and offenders
Audit of training needs

The development of new child care legislation
Introduction
Consultation Process - workshop outcomes
Response by Cabinet Committee
- Appointment of Steering Committee to deal with issues raised by other national departments
Proposed way forward and timeframes
New Child Care Legislation
Background
Request to SALC in 1997
Extensive consultation and research driven process
Report and zero-draft bill developed in July 2002
Further deliberations between SALC project committee and DSD
Final Works hop - Oct 2002


Consultations - Final SALC Workshop in October 2002

Workshop was structured in such a way as to enable the participating Departments, organisations and institutions the opportunity to raise concerns and issues relating to their particular line function/area of responsibility before the envisaged Parliamentary process commences

Important concerns were raised
(Listed in submission)


Response by Cabinet -Appointment of Steering Committee
To deal with concerns raised by Ministers and their departments
Oversee refining of draft children's
bill
- Integrated costing of bill
- Appointment of Legal Drafter
- Development of Regulations (Later)

Concerns raised by national departments

National Treasury - costing of Bill Justice
- no formal consultations were held with magistrate.
- Fragmentation of the courts
Bill might increase the burden if the judiciary
Education
Shifting of resonsibitities
- Proposed name changes to education facilities
- The different ages mentioned in the draft Bill should be synchronised

Concerns raised by national departments

Safety and Security
- Changes in processes related to child victims and offenders
- Definitions
- Bill excludes law enforcers in the employ of municipalities

Health
- Confidentiality issues
- Age of consent
- Legal guardians

Partnerships
Legislature
Between Government departments
National and provincial departments
Local Authorities
Civil Society
Business
Labour
Communities
Families
Individuals

RESOURCES

Financial and Human resources
- Roles and responsibilities will determine type of posts required
- Insufficient needs to be substantiated by a detailed situation analysis and an
integrated costing exercise
- Filling of'acant posts
- Creation of additional posts

CHALLENGES

The finalisation of the Draft Strategy on Child Abuse and Neglect. (Strategic Plan)
Simultaneously, critical issues within the Strategic Plan need to be addressed immediately.
The final programme of the Child Protection Register be loaded at least in each provincial head office, one regional and one district office level.
Strengthening of current services to families.
Continuation of provincial training programmes.
Norms and standards and costing of services.


CHALLENGES
Approval of the draft Children's Bill within this financial Year
Finalisation of the Draft National Policy Framework for Families.
The drafting of the regulations of the Children's Bill.
Ensuring that children between the ages of 7 8 years receive child care grants.
Ensuring that programmes to persons affected and infected by HIV/AlDS receive the necessary services. Costing of social work services.