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The Centre for Child Law has produced 3 publications that deal with different issues pertaining to the promotion and protection of the best interests of children in South Africa and has made them available on this website. Below are descriptions of the publications and links to them:

Children at the Centre: A Guide to the Registration of Child and Youth Care Centres - The Children's Act 38 of 2005 requires all child and youth care centres (CYCCs) to register with the Department of Social Development. The Centre has over the past few years recognised the need to provide assistance to CYCCs in the registration process and therefore put together a practical manual on registration of Child and Youth Centres. Click here for a copy of the manual.

Promoting Effective Enforcement of the Prohibition Against Corporal Punishment in South African Schools - This report considers the prevalence of corporal punishment in schools, and depicts the forms that it takes. The report takes the reader through numerous documented examples. Offical ambivalence and weak regulatory systems are identified as part of the country-wide problem. It then makes recommendations on the action that needs to be taken. Click here for a copy of the report.

Mud to bricks: A review of school infrastructure spending and delivery - The aim of this research was to assess what progress has been made in eradicating mud school structures and improving infrastructure of schools through out South Africa This follows a landmark settlement that was concluded in 2011 in which the National Department of Basic Education committed to spend R8.2 billion to improve school infrastructure. Click here for a copy of the report.


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