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South African Resources -
Child Abuse Prevention

South American Resources for Child Abuse Prevention
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South Africa
Childline South Africa


Tygerbear Social Work Unit 

A work unit for traumatised children and families. 
There has been a rising incidence of trauma involving children which necessitated action to empower children, families and other role players to deal with trauma and to prevent it.  Statistics has shown that South Africa has the highest occurrence of sexual abuse and rape in the world


Child Welfare South Africa 
CWSA (Child Welfare South Africa) is an umbrella body representing 164 child welfare affiliates, 30 developing organisations, 25 outreach projects and 206 communities. Collectively we reach about 2 million children, their families and caregivers. Consisting of 1200 staff members and 3500 volunteers.

South African Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
Our foundation is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda and to put pressure on national governments to promote and protect children’s rights.

We also do our best to empower local people to campaign for children’s rights in their country and promote the use of the law as a powerful advocacy tool. We work in partnership with international, regional and national coalitions, and strive to provide accessible information and knowledge on children’s rights to people and organisations around the world.


Protective Behaviours
Protective Behaviours (PB) is a practical, empowering approach to personal safety.  It is a process that encourages and develops self-confidence alongside skills that help us avoid being victimised.  This is achieved by recognising our personal concept of safety, trusting our intuitive feelings (early warning signs) that tell us when we are feeling unsafe and developing strategies for self-protection.  The Protective Behaviours process links safety with fun and excitement and an adventurous approach to life.

COPESSA | Community-based Prevention & Empowerment Strategies ...

COPESSA (Community-based Prevention and Empowerment Strategies in South Africa) is a multiple award-winning community based organisation whose reason for being is the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

A Safer South Africa for Women and Children.

SaferSpaces is an online knowledge sharing and networking portal for community safety as well as violence and crime prevention practitioners from government, civil society and the research community in South Africa. The portal focuses on preventative approaches as long-term, sustainable solutions to violence and crime.

The Johannesburg Childwelfare Society.

 We provide a range of direct services to abused, abandoned, neglected, orphaned and vulnerable children (including those who are infected or have been affected by HIV and AIDS in the greater Johannesburg area). We pride ourselves on the fact that we are one of the oldest NPO’s in South Africa. We recently celebrated 109 years of service to children in need, their families and the wider community.

Cape Town Child Welfare Society

Promoting wellbeing in children - predominantly those in poor socio-economic communities by:

Protecting those in crisis and at risk

Enhancing the capacity of families and communities to protect and develop their children

Empowering children to claim their rights and accept their responsibilities

Networking with other service providers for the benefit of the children

Contributing to the development of National and International policies and legislation regarding children

Building the capacity of other organisations to care for children

Advocating for the rights of children 


Red Cross Child Acccident Prevention Society of SASafety. Preventing accidents and on-line safety



Child Care SA is a community based initiative, which seeks to enhance the capacity of families and community structures in traditional councils to provide quality care to children, access relevant government services; protect the dignity of children and develop the self-esteem, talents and skills of children and youth.

Rape Crisis Website

A women's organisation committed to ending violence against women


Beautiful Gate South Africa (BGSA)

BGSA is an interdenominational Christian organisation providing care and support to vulnerable children and families. BGSA empowers and strengthens families and mobilises its community to do the same. They aim to restore the capacity of communities and families to care for their children or, where this is not possible, to find alternative families.

Children in Distress Network (CINDI)

The goal of the CINDI Network is to create strategic opportunities for networking, collaboration, research, and advocacy; they mobilise resources and provide access to information


Ekupholeni provides holistic psycho-social services for individuals, children, and families, including services aimed at mitigating the social and economic impact of HIV, STIs and TB and family reintegration services.

Give a Child a Family (GCF)

GCF is an organisation in South Africa that supports vulnerable children and families. Their mission is to: 

Protect children by placing their best interest at the centre of all GCF programs - They provide communities and organisations with skills and competencies to ensure a nurturing and safe environment for children and promote temporary safe care for orphaned and vulnerable children with a focus on family based care as an alternative to long term institutionalisation

James House

Child Protection, Parenting Support, Family Preservation, Child Participation, Orphans and Vulnerable Children

 James House is a registered Child Protection Agency that offers services to vulnerable families and children.

Women + Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA)

Women & Men Against Child Abuse is a non-profit Child Protection Organisation committed to fighting for the rights of the child and to end the abuse of children in South Africa, through a multifaceted, dynamic and aggressive offensive against any form of abuse and gender violence.

Seven Passes Initiative

The Seven Passes Initiative is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (065-133 NPO) that has been working to prevent violence and support and improve youth education and opportunities in Touwsranten and the rural area surrounding Hoekwil.

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