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Government Gazette No 38135: Regulations for Child and Youth Care Workers, Auxiliary Child and Youth Care Workers, and Student Child and Youth Care Workers (Social Service Profession Act 110 of 1978) 
31 October 2014

Summary: The aim of the regulations is to provide for matters relating to the proper administration of the affairs of, and the registration of, child and youth care workers, auxiliary child and youth care workers, and students child and youth care workers.

17 January 2014
Summary: Children's Act does not preclude a child from being adopted in instances where the child has a guardian and the person seeking to adopt is the spouse or permanent domestic life partner of that guardian. The Act further does not automatically terminate all parental responsibilities and rights of the guardian of the child when an adoption order is granted in favour of the spouse or domestic life partner.



Government Gazette 37081: Regulations relating to minimum uniform norms and standards for public school infrastructure
29 November 2013 

Summary: The objectives of the regulations are to provide minimum uniform norms and standards for public school infrastructure; to ensure that there is compliance with the minimum uniform norms and standards in the design and construction of new schools and additions, alterations and improvements to schools which exist when these regulations are published; and to provide for timeframes within which school backlogs must be eradicated.


13 April 2012
Summary: The Constitutional Court declared sections 151 and 152 of the Children's Act unconstitutional to the extent that they do not provide for the automatic judicial review of the removal of children from family care by state officials, and therefore lack a method for determining whether there was just cause for the removal. The court decided to create a new subsection that provides for the review by a court of the removal before the expiry of the next court day after the removal; and for the child as well as the parents, guardian or caregiver to be present in court. 



13 April 2012
Summary: The Essential Services Committee designated thefollowing services as essential services: the whole of the services provided by old age homes; and the whole of the services provided by children's homes and places of care.

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13 March 2018

Centre for Child Law & Children's Institute make joint oral submissions on the Traditional Courts Bill

On 14 March 2018 The Centre for Child Law and the Children's Institute will make joint oral submissions to the 
Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development on the Traditional Courts Bill.

The CCL and CI welcmoe numerous changes that have been made to the latest draft of the Bill. We note with
appreciation that the latest version of the Bill underlines that participation in traditional court proceedings is
voluntary; and creates mechanims for 'opting out' of the traditional court system.

The CCL and CI also welcome the express commitment of the Bill to the constitutional rights enshrined in chapter 2
of the South African Constitution.

The CCL and CI submit that the Bill needs to be further strengthened to ensure that children's rights are adequately
protected in proceedings of Traditional Courts. In light of existing social norms and the profound violation of children's rights
across the country, there is a need for vigilance and strong accountability systems to ensure that people tasked with protecting
children do not abuse their power.

Read the submissions here.



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