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Do you know what your rights are and what you are allowed and aren't allowed to do at your age? On this site, you'll find out about your rights in various areas of your life.

It's not easy being young and getting people to take you seriously.

This site shows you what your rights are, what you are entitled to and how you should be treated. It also has a section about at what age you are legally allowed to do things.

On this website, you will find information on the following issues:

  • Your rights
  • At what age can I?
  • Legal advice
  • Contact details of the Centre for Child Law

The Centre established a Children’s Litigation Project in August 2003 (with a grant from the Open Society Foundation) in order to undertake impact litigation work in the children’s rights sector. Advocate Ann Skelton is the project co-ordinator, and the project is currently dealing with a number of cases.

You've got to learn to stand up for yourself and make sure you are treated fairly. So why not start now?

  • Protection from Abuse
  • Breaking the law
  • Know Your Rights

If you don't find the answers to your questions here, feel free to contact the Centre for Child Law.

Your details will not be shared with anyone outside of the Centre, unless we feel you are in danger or need urgent help. In that case, we will contact you first.


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Latest News

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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