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(KID 410) CHILD LAW 410

KID 410 is presented by the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria

In 2009 a final year elective in Child Law was introduced. The Centre co-ordinates this course which falls under Private Law, although it includes lectures on a wide range of topics and – as is always the case with child law – it does not fit neatly into any of the divisions of law. The course attracted about 40 students in its first year. In 2009 the Centre, partnered by CE@UP, offered several certificate courses in Child Law.

Amount of lectures per week: 2 (10 credits)
Course: LLB

Topics covered:

  1. The status of children in South African law
  2. The constitutional protection of children
  3. General principles of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005
  4. Parental responsibilities and rights
  5. Children courts
  6. Adoption and alternative care
  7. International instruments pertaining to children’s rights
  8. Inter-country adoption and international abduction
  9. Children and the criminal justice system

 

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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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