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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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South Africa's progress in realising children's rights: A law review

The year 2014 marksSA's progress in realising children's right A law review 20 years of democracy for South Africa. Children born in 1994, at the start of democracy, are now 20 years old and entering the next phase of their lives as young adults. It is a good moment to take stock of South's progress in realising children's rights. 

This book focuses on a selection of laws and examines whether they have been designed and are being implemented in compliance with international and constitutional law. Where design flaws or implementation challenges are identified, the authors make recommendations  for reform.

The Centre for Child Law's Morgan Courtenay and Zita Hansungule wrote chapter 7 that deals with protecting the rights of children in conflict with the law and reviewed South Africa's Child Justice Act. 

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Children at the centre: A guide tothe 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 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
DBE ordered to address furniture crisis within 90 days
Madzodzo and Others v The Minister of Basic Education and Others, Unreported case no 2144/2012
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Media Release:

DBE ordered to address furniture crisis within 90 days

The lack of adequate age and grade appropriate furniture in public schools, particularly schools located in deep rural and impoverished areas… constitutes an ongoing violation of the right to basic education.” Judge Goosen.

The Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha High Court today ordered the Minister of Basic Education and the national and provincial Departments of Basic Education, to promptly address the furniture crisis plaguing Eastern Cape public schools within 90 days.

The court rejected the government’s budgetary defence that there were insufficient funds to provide every learner in the province with a desk and a chair and re-emphasised the immediate nature of the learners’ constitutional right to basic education. The court also rejected the government’s submissions that they could not budget until they were completely certain of the exact extent of the furniture needed...

For more information click on links below for the full media release and judgment.

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