The 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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4th Annual Child Law Moot Court Competition
The Centre for Child Law successfully hosted its 4th Annual Child Law Moot Court Competition on 13 and 14 September 2013. The aim of the competition is to develop in law students an awareness of children's rights and child law and expose them to problem solving and litigation in the field of child law.
The hypothetical case for this year's competition centered on the extradition and sentencing of young offenders, the teams engaged in lively and insightful written and oral submissions and also showed themselves to be well prepared and thoroughly interested in the case. The competition was attended by teams representing 6 Universities: the University of Cape Town, Rhodes University, North West University, the University of Johannesburg, the University of Pretoria and the University of the Western Cape.
The final round was held at the North Gauteng High Court in the Palace of Justice, with Judge Jody Kollapen presiding with Magistrate Daniel Thulare and Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh of Lawyers for Human Rights. The University of Johanesburg and North West University argued before the final bench and the University of Johannesburg emerged as winners of the competition.
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Children at the centre: A guide tothe registration of Child and Youth Care Centres
Despite the fact that 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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Centre for Child Law v Minister of Social Development, Case no 21122/13,North Gauteng High Court
Criminalisation of consenting sexual activity between adolescents
Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children and Another
v Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development
and Another CCT 12/13
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PUBLIC LECTURE - 17 OCTOBER 2013
Title - "It's never too late": A paradigm shift to public safety in youth justice, an 'outsider perspective'
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Constitutional Court protects children's rights in tender dispute
On 29 November 2013 the Constitutional Court delivered judgment in a tender dispute case, in which Allpay Consolidated Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd argued that there had been irregularities in the manner in which Cash Paymaster services (Pty) Ltd were awarded a tender to administer social grants in South Africa. The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) awarded Cash Paymasters Services the tender worth R10 billion.
The Constitutional Court held that the decision to award the tender to Cash Paymasters was constitutionally invalid, becuase SASSA did not give due regard to black economic empowerment in procurment and issued a Bidders' Notice that was vague and uncertain leading to procedural unfairness.
The Court however did not set aside the tender because of the serious disruptions that would be caused to the payment of social grants. The Court instead suspended the declaration of invalidity until a further hearing on 11 February 2014 where a just and equitable remedy will be determined.
The Court has invited all the parties, including the Centre for Child Law, to submit further information for the hearing. The Centre was part of the case because of a concern by the likelihood of disruptions of the payments of grants affecting children, such as the child care grant, the foster child grant and the care dependency grant.
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Constitutional Court Judgment