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Annual report 2013 front cover 1The Centre for Child Law is based in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria.

The official launch of the Centre was held in October 1998. The Director of the Centre for Child Law at the University of Pretoria is Prof Ann Skelton.

The Centre contributes towards establishing and promoting the best interests of children in our community through education, research, advocacy and litigation.

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Mud to bricks: A review of school infrastructure spending and delivery

MudtoBricks CoverDilapidated public school infrastructure can be found across the country, but the problem is particularly acute in the Eastern Cape where the majority of the so called 'mud schools' are located. On 04 February 2011, following court action on the issue of mud schools, the Legal Resources Centre, acting on behalf of 7 schools and the Centre for Child Law, concluded a landmark settlement with the National Department of Basic Education in which the Department committed to spend R8.2 billion from 1 April 2011 to 1 March 2014 to eradicate mud schools and improve infrastructure of schools throughout South Africa.

The Centre for Child Law commissioned Cornerstone Economic Research, to track school infrastucture spending and delivery. The aim of the research was to assess what progress has been made in addressing the issues that brought about the litigation.

This study, amonst other things, makes the concerning finding that the Department has woefully underspent the allocated school infrastructure funding for two years running. The target for the number of schools to be built in 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 was 49. However, only 10 had been completed at the end of the first year.

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Children at the centre: A guide to the registration of Child and Youth Care Centres

Despite the fact thCYCC Manual Web pic1at the Children's Act 38 of 2005 has been in operation for nearly three years, many child care facilities (including facilities previously referred to as children's homes) have not registered as child and youth care centres as prescribed by the Act.

The Centre saw the need to provide some assistance in the registration process and therefore put together a practical manual on registration of Child and Youth Care Centres.

The aim of this manual is to provide practical guidance to child care facilities through clarifying the registration requirements and procedures to be followed and through addressing the 'frequently asked questions'. 

"[A]ll the facilities recognised the importance of registration but were, without exception, crippled by the lack of information on the registration requirements and procedures..."

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Latest Judgments

Constitutional Court rules on constitutionality of
placing child offenders on sex offender register
J v National Director of Public Prosecutions and Another CCT 114/13
 
Constitutional Court rules on remedy in tender dispute involving children
AllPay Consolidated Investments Holdings (Pty) Ltd and Others v Chief Executive Officer of the South African Social Security Agency and Others (No 2) CCT 48/13
  

Upcoming Cases and Events

   

CASES TO BE HEARD IN SEPTEMBER 2014
Supreme Court of Appeal - Nndateni v S on 16 September 2014
The Supreme Court of Appeal will hear arguments on how minimum sentences should be applied
Kimberly High Court - Transnet v Noupoort Christian Care Centre on 19 September 2014
The curator ad litem will be reporting back to the court in the case of two children swapped at birth
 
5TH ANNUAL CHILD LAW MOOT COURT COMPETITION - 19 & 20 September 2014
Deadline to confirm participation 05 May 2014 (only South African universities)
 


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CENTRE FOR CHILD LAW PUBLICATIONS


The Centre for Child Law has produced 3 publications that deal with different issues pertaining to the promotion and protection of the best interests of children in South Africa and has made them available on this website. Below are descriptions of the publications and links to them:

Children at the Centre: A Guide to the Registration of Child and Youth Care Centres - The Children's Act 38 of 2005 requires all child and youth care centres (CYCCs) to register with the Department of Social Development. The Centre has over the past few years recognised the need to provide assistance to CYCCs in the registration process and therefore put together a practical manual on registration of Child and Youth Centres. Click here for a copy of the manual.

Promoting Effective Enforcement of the Prohibition Against Corporal Punishment in South African Schools - This report considers the prevalence of corporal punishment in schools, and depicts the forms that it takes. The report takes the reader through numerous documented examples. Offical ambivalence and weak regulatory systems are identified as part of the country-wide problem. It then makes recommendations on the action that needs to be taken. Click here for a copy of the report.

Mud to bricks: A review of school infrastructure spending and delivery - The aim of this research was to assess what progress has been made in eradicating mud school structures and improving infrastructure of schools through out South Africa This follows a landmark settlement that was concluded in 2011 in which the National Department of Basic Education committed to spend R8.2 billion to improve school infrastructure. Click here for a copy of the report.

 

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