The Centre for Child Law was established in 1998 and is based in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria. The Director of the Centre is Prof Ann Skelton.
The Centre contributes towards the establishment and promotion of the best interests of children in South Africa through litigation, advocacy, research and education.
The Centre is registered as a Law Clinic and through strategic impact litigation aims to set legal precedent to improve and strengthen laws pertaining to children.
Download a PDF of the Centre's 2015 Annual Report.
Budgets & Bricks: Progress with School Infrastructure Following the Rivonia Primary School Case
Download a PDF (5MB) of the Budgets & Bricks Report.
The Size of the Pie and How to Cut It: Assessing the NAWONGO Case and the Effects on Social Welfare Allocations for Children
Download a PDF (3MB) of The Size of the Pie Report.
CCL v MEC Social Development, Gauteng & Others, North Gauteng High Court – case no 73662/16 (4 October 2016)
Judge Fabricius granted an order providing a care placement for a 10 year old girl suffering from behavioural disorder. The Centre for Child Law, representing the child, had repeatedly requested the government to provide a plan for her. This is required by law in section 191(2)(i) of the Children's Act.
The case has a second phase which will continue in 2017. The Centre will seek an adequate policy and implementation plan for all children with behavioural disorders - such a plan has been lacking for a decade. The identity of the child concerned has been redacted.
View the draft order
View the Centre's founding affidavit
View the expert report
MR v Minister of Safety & Security, Constitutional Court, case no CCT 151/15 (11 August 2016)
The Constitutional Court confirmed the principle that the best interests of the child as the paramount consideration must be applied by an arresting officer dealing with a child.
Upcoming Cases and Events
9 and 10 February 2017
The second part of the Media 24 case will be heard.
16 February 2017
CCL will make submissions in the Dladla
7 March 2017
The Centre attends Wits Law Careers Fair 2017.
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23 March 2017
Open Society Justice Initiative publishes report on quality education
The Open Society Justice Initiative published a report titled Strategic Litigation Impacts: Equal Access to Quality Education. The report, written by Ann Skelton, draws comparative insights from practice in Brazil, India and South Africa.
Commissioned by the Justice Initiative and the Open Society Foundations’ Education Support Program, the report is the second in the Justice Initiative’s four-part series of qualitative studies exploring the impacts of strategic litigation in addressing critical human rights problems around the world. Access the report here.
13 March 2017
The Centre for Child Law supports investigations by Commission for Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Rights of Cultural‚ Religious and Linguistic Communities on deaths of child initiates. Read our press release here.