NATIONAL CHILD PROTECTION WEEK
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3 JUNE 2016
The Centre for Child Law has had quite an eventful National Child Protection Week.
On 1 June 2016, the Centre successfully launched a publication called the Guidelines for Legal Representatives of Children in Civil Matters. These guidelines were developed through a partnership with Legal Aid South Africa and were held at the ProBono.Org offices at Constitutional Hill, in Johannesburg. The aim of these guidelines is to assist legal practitioners in understanding their role as child representatives (eg, curator ad litem), to ensure good practice and adherence to appropriate ethical standards and to promote the best interest of the child principle. The Centre would like to thank all the key legal role players who attended. A special mention has to go to Justice Ponnan of the SCA who was the guest speaker for the evening, Mr Patrick Hundermark from Legal Aid and Miss Sarisa van Niekerk, who were our other speakers.
On 2 June 2016, the Centre hosted a public lecture by Mr Isaac Kimaze Ssemakadde, the founder and executive director of Legal Brains Trust, a public advocacy organisation that provides pro bono legal services to activists and civil society organisations in Uganda.
On 3 June 2016, an attorney from the Centre attended and spoke at the Child Protection Week event hosted by BOSASA Youth Development Centres at the Mogale Youth Centre, in Krugersdorp.