SOUTH AFRICAN CHILD CARE PRACTIONERS GATHER TO DISCUSS WAYS TO END CHILD ABUSE

KIMBERLEY, SOUTH AFRICA, South African child and youth care practitioners who have dedicated their lives to the protection of children at risk, have gathered in this capital of Northern Cape Province for a three-day conference hosted by the National Association of Child Care Workers (NAACW) to discuss solutions to the growing statistics of violent acts committed against children in the country.

One of the solutions being discussed at the 21st NACCW Conference here from Tuesday to Thursday is the expansion of the Isibindi model, which deploys trained community-based child and youth care workers in communities in an innovative team outreach programme to provide developmental support to children and families rendered vulnerable as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

There are almost 300 Isibindi projects across all South African provinces, which serve abused and neglected children who would otherwise have fallen outside of the child care and protection system.

However, the model has its flaws, explains the Deputy Director of the NACCW, Donald Ngonyama. Some of those challenges are reaching children in the deepest rural areas, which we feel there is a likelihood of having a continuation, if we were able to reach them. There has been concerns around child and youth care workers given their stipends late and some of the training having being delayed, he added.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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