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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

18 April 2018

Story 1:

Centre for Child Law receives judgment clarifying law on powers of children's courts to hear adoption matters
involving non-South African children resident in South Africa.

The Presiding Officer of the Children's Court, Johannesburg refused to hear an adoption application on the basis that the
child involved is a Zimbabwean citizen whose visa had expired.

The man trying to adopt the child was married to the child's mother and had become a father to him. The child had no contact
with his biological father and had no family in Zimbabwe.

The presiding officer's decision not to hear the adoption application was challenged in the Johannesburg High Court, where
Judge Kathree-Setiloane found that, for the purposes of determining whether the Children's Court has jurisdiction to hear a matter,
it is irrelevant whether a child is a foreign national or whether the child is legally or illegally in the country.

Read the judgment here.

Story 2:

Centre for Child Law assists a child with cerebral palsy to access education

The Centre for Child Law has assisted an 11 year old boy (A) with cerebral palsy to access education in a special school equipped to meet
his education and care needs.

A's parents had been struggling to find a school to accept their son since he was 5 years old. Schools that they sought assistance from
refused to admit him due to various reasons.

A was eventually accepted by Meerhof School for the Disabled in 2015. He attended the school for a year after which the school said 
it did not have the staff to cater for his special needs.

A's parents sought assistance from the Centre for Child Law. The Centre engaged in settlement discussions with the Departments of 
Education in Gauteng and the North West Provinces. This resulted in an agreement that A would be admitted to the Pretoria School for
Cerebral Palsied Learners. This agreement was made an order of court by the High Court, Pretoria.

For more read an IOL news article here.

 

 

 

 

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