CHALLENGES FACED BY SOCIAL WORKERS WORKING IN CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES IN IMPLEMENTING THE CHILDREN’S ACT 38 OF 2005

The transition from the Child Care Act 74 of 1983 to the Children's Act 38 of 2005 has been chaotic. This has been caused by shortcomings in the new legislation; challenges faced by social workers in adapting to it; lack of capacity of the stakeholders in the field; and the shortage of resource...

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Published in: Social Work Vol. 51; no. 3; pp. 332 - 353
Main Authors: Sibanda, Sipho, Lombard, Antoinette
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Portuguese
Afrikaans
Published: Department of Social Work, Stellenbosch University/ Universiteit Stellenbosch 09-09-2015
Stellenbosch University
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Summary: The transition from the Child Care Act 74 of 1983 to the Children's Act 38 of 2005 has been chaotic. This has been caused by shortcomings in the new legislation; challenges faced by social workers in adapting to it; lack of capacity of the stakeholders in the field; and the shortage of resources to implement it. The Children's Act 38 of 2005 needs to be amended to address its pre-statutory, statutory and post-statutory shortcomings. Recommendations on addressing these challenges include the establishment of a kinship care grant; amending the Children's Act; and addressing technical issues on the implementation of the Children's Act 38 of 2005.
ISSN: 0037-8054
2312-7198
2312-7198
DOI: 10.15270/51-3-452