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Annual Report 2013

Vision Ensuring the Care and Protection of Children

Mission We promote the well-being of all children, predominantly those in poor socio-economic communities by: Protecting Enhancing Empowering Networking Contributing Building Advocating

those in crisis and at risk the capacity of families and communities to protect and develop their children children to claim their rights and accept their responsibilities with other service providers for the benefit of the children to the development of National and International policies and legislation regarding children the capacity of other organisations to care for children for the rights of children

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Content Message by the Chair 3 Chief Executive’s Overview 6 Direct Service Managers’ Overview 9 Governance 14 Staff 17 ----------------------------oOo------------------------------Direct Services Review

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Theo Nkone

During the past financial year (2012-2013) our service delivery focus concentrated on building on specialised services as implemented in September 2011 in order to strengthen our service delivery and address the challenges experienced through generic services. This approach was successfully fulfilled by staff and management and has resulted in firmer service delivery outputs. The Board of Management continued to perform its fiduciary and strategic responsibilities, guiding the Management team through policy and strategy

Message by the Chair development. The Board continued to support and challenge the Executive management to be effective in delivering a quality service to our clients – mainly the government and end-clients who are the children at risk. Cape Town Child Welfare Society has remained relevant through its service delivery and advocacy functions and remains committed to ensure that services on a national level serves children in the best way possible. The past financial year has however been a challenging year in respect of revenue generation. The on-going economic crises had an impact on the organisation which unfortunately resulted in the closure of the Du Noon office as well as the retrenchments of several administrative staff members. The actions were taken

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after several scenario planning meetings and had to be taken in the end to ensure the sustainability of the organisation. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to our donors who displayed their confidence in us, and we assure them of excellent returns for their investments by ensuring the care and protection of all children in need. We are

Department of Social Development for their continuous support of the work the organisation does. The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund has also been fantastic in its support for our organisation with much needed funds for operating costs as well as for an additional vehicle required. We are indeed thankful to both the aforementioned donors as well as all our other donors

Hanover Park deeply grateful to the Western Cape Government: “Ensuring the Care and Protection of Children since 1908�


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who are recorded in the donor’s list in this report. Whilst we face challenges ahead, I am excited by the opportunities we have to make a positive contribution to children at risk, even during the tough economic climate. The organisation celebrates its 105th birthday this year and I am confident that we will celebrate many more years of caring and protecting children in Cape Town.

And finally I would also like to encourage everyone who reads this Annual Report to partner with us and be a champion for children at risk, your gift irrespective of size will go a long way!

My sincere thanks and appreciation goes to all my fellow Board members for giving off their time and expertise voluntarily to ensure the success of Cape Town Child Welfare Society. I also wish to thank the Management, Staff and Volunteers for their tireless efforts in ensuring that the children and families in Cape Town received the vital services required to make their lives better and healthier.


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the past year the

Niresh Ramklass

demand for our services to children and their families rose steeply with an average of 30 new families requesting services each day. Our new specialized social work structure was put through gruelling tests from the outset. If ever child protection workers needed a wind tunnel to perfect their efficiency; it was then. Critically, our social service personnel met the challenge of delivering professional services to clients as well as intensify services to children and their families in order to meet the standards expected of them by the new Children’s Act.

Chief Executive’s Overview The faltering global economy continued to impact on the donor Rand, locally, resulting in much needed donor support being limited to the non-profit sector, forcing many non-profit’s to downsize and weather the storm. As a result, we were forced to close our emergency 24 hour child protection service as well as our operations in Du Noon and retrench support staff. Taking drastic measures and steering the organisation away from hazards is par for the course for any responsible Board and Management. In this regard our Board responded to the challenge with courage and tenacity and made the critical governance and fiduciary decisions; following briefings to them by Management on the turbulent environmental conditions impacting on the Organisation.

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Our social work departments showed leadership and dedication in the face of overwhelming caseloads, high demands from statutory child protection

work staff due to our inability to match Government salaries for social workers, as well as our high social work caseloads which resulted in burn-out amongst

Cleaning the roads at Egoli Informal Settlement intervention and foster care monitoring and support. All other Departments joined hands with the social work departments� during the past year to ensure our overall success. We experienced a very high turnover of social

many social workers. As you might understand, working with children who have been brutalized, raped, beaten, emotionally scarred, sexually abused in any way, abandoned by one or both parents, orphaned and

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neglected will definitely impact negatively on any therapist. Our social workers are no exception, and suffer often with post-traumatic stress and anxiety syndrome. Theirs’ is a noble calling, far from the romance of cushy jobs elsewhere up the ladder in Society, and, we are for ever grateful to them for their painstaking and selfless work for our children.

The adversity we faced during this year has strengthened our resolve and determination to raise the bar and leave no stone unturned in our quest for organisational sustainability and prosperity. Thank you

The overall financial results show a large deficit, which understandably can be attributed to the prevailing economic climate, but which may have been even larger where it not for our committed donors and supporter, whom I would like to thank most sincerely for their generous support. Finally, I would like to thank our Board, Staff and volunteers for their tireless efforts and teamwork during the past financial year.

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Ina Vermeulen

services continues to be very challenging due to community members being able to access the children’s court directly, the extreme efforts that need to be made to trace parents, especially fathers and most parents having legal representation. Social workers therefore are always put under pressure by different forces and it takes immense strength to keep their attention on the main focus which is “what is in the best interest of the child”.

Overview of Direct Services A social worker in the child protection field needs to be a special kind of social worker with compassion and commitment to children and their needs. We therefore want to salute the workers for their tremendous staying power and their willingness to give their all to ensure the wellbeing of a child. During the 2012/2013 financial year we continued with our specialised services as implemented in September 2011. The change to specialization has a tremendous positive influence on service delivery and made case management more manageable for workers. The high caseloads however remain a challenge and unfortunately to date we do not see any evidence that this will change in future. Social work staff members are

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continuously battling with the workload in order to reach ALL children in need of care and protection. The prevention services rendered by the community development workers have proven to be important as it released social workers to give attention to child protection while community development workers continued to create awareness in the communities and ensured the delivery of parenting skills training and skills development to children. The social workers in the Investigations team managed to finalise 148 of 269 children’s court inquiries – on average 12 cases per month – during the period as well as having to conduct investigations in respect of 406 pre statutory investigations. 121 Children’s Court Inquiries therefore had to be taken over to the new financial year as the court process has not been finalised.

The social workers in the Intervention team rendered family preservation services, monitoring and support and mediation services in respect of 2161 cases. The period has shown that neglect of children is still the main problem when it comes to child maltreatment. Statistics during the year has shown that social problems such as unemployment, poverty and substance abuse play a major role in most of the families referred to us in respect of child neglect. We continue with awareness programs in this regard in the hope that we will see a decrease in the future.

Senior Direct Service Manager

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The average caseload of a

Penny Whitaker

social worker at CTCWS ranges between 120 and 140, this being twice the national norm. The main focus for the period under review, therefore has been trying to assist the units under discussion manage these high caseloads while simultaneously meeting the requirements of the Children’s Act. Intake unit: Metro south This unit is responsible for intake and referral of services for the entire Metro South region. Their work entails crisis intervention and conducting risk assessments in

unsafe gang infested crime ridden communities in order to protect children. Social workers often have to deal with very resistant; demanding and in some instances even threating clients. In addition they are also exposed to health hazards such as TB patients who are non compliant when assessing whether a child is at risk. Despite these challenges this unit has managed to open 1133 new cases for the period under review. The unit therefore deserves being recognized for the commitment they have demonstrated to protect children regardless of the risks to their own emotional and physical health Alternative Care Unit 1: Metro South (Phillipi East; Manenberg; Langa; Athlone) The role of this unit is to provide therapeutic services to children who have been placed in foster care. This critically important function is however sadly being

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compromised by social workers being inundated with the submission of statutory reports. The primary reason for this is that this unit consists of 6 social workers only who are responsible for a total caseload of 821 resulting in an average of 136 cases per worker. In addition the increased administrative expectations from both DSD and the courts with regards to the submission of these reports, has placed social workers under severe workload pressure. This has resulted in a high staff turnover and the emergence of backlogs. Alternative Care Unit 2: Metro South (Houtbay; Lotus River; Ottery; Hanover Park) Similarly this unit consists of 6 social workers; 4 of whom are responsible for a foster care supervision caseload of 495 cases working out to an average of 124 cases per worker. As already mentioned the level of input required in the completion of Sect 159; 176 and

186 reports is the same as would be required to complete a Children’s Court Inquiry. In addition social workers are expected to go to extra lengths to trace b/parents. This expectation often results in undue delays when parents are difficult to trace The 2 remaining social workers are responsible for a total adoption caseload of 176 working out to 88 cases per worker. Despite these workload challenges the adoption social workers have continued to deliver services of a good standard resulting in CTCWS being accredited to expedite inter country adoptions on a national basis with Australia The combined caseloads iro the alternative units is 1316 The foster cases currently being processed investigation and intervention units

aforementioned grant application by the intake; amount to 422

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cases. It can therefore safely be predicted that the caseloads of the alternative care units will increase to 180-200 cases per worker by 2014/2015 This has serious service delivery ramifications for the quality of foster care supervision services The social workers within these units deserve our heartfelt appreciation for persevering despite ever increasing caseloads. Khayelitsha unit: Metro East region This unit continues to render a specialized child protection service from a satellite office as based within Khayelitsha. The main challenge faced by this unit has been a foster grant application backlog as caused by additional court requirements ie. the advertisement for b/parents within local newspapers for a period of three months; delays in obtaining court dates at the Khayelitsha court; delays in obtaining background

reports from other organizations and provinces and clients not submitting required identity documentation. The foster care caseload for this unit for the period under review is 225 cases which when divided by 2 workers results in a caseload of 112 cases per worker. Again this is twice the national norm. Unfortunately these caseloads are set to increase to an amount of 361 as the foster grant application backlog as mentioned is addressed. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the members of the aforementioned units for their dedicated service delivery despite the challenges mentioned.

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PATRON OF CAPE TOWN CHILD WELFARE SOCIETY DESMOND TUTU – Archbishop Emeritus, Nobel Laureate “We believe that children are our future and our inspiration.” We each have a responsibility to make the world we live in a better, safer place for our children. Don’t be overwhelmed by the challenges. Good has and will always overcome evil. It is up to us to see that this happens. Cape Town Child Welfare has a tremendous track record for positive intervention in changing the lives of the young. I am proud to be associated with their work and congratulate the committee, staff and volunteers on their efforts with very limited resources. “Ensuring the Care and Protection of Children since 1908”


2012/2013 Board Members

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Top L to R:

Mr T Nkone (Chair); Dr P Mbeje (Vice Chair); Dr P Abrahamse; Dr K Cloete

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Main: Mr N Ramklass (Chief Executive) Top L to R: Mr C Roman (Finance); Ms P Whitaker (Direct Services); Ms S Vermeulen (Direct Services); Mrs G Moodley (Admin & Maintenance); Mrs R Jattiem (Payroll); Mrs M Wentzel (Admin & Fleet) Middle L to R: Mrs D Uys (Investigations); Mrs E Ramklass (Intervention); Ms E Farao (Intervention); Mrs P Ciya (Khayelitsha); Mrs N Manuel-Davids(Intake); Mrs N Taliep (Alternative Care); Ms Y Fransman (Alternative Care) “Ensuring the Care and Protection of Children since 1908�


2012/2013 Staff members

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From Top Left: Metro South Intake Team, Metro South Investigation Team, Metro South Intervention Team Metro South Intervention Team, Metro South Alternative Care Team, Metro South Alternative Care Team, Khayelitsha Team, , Metro South Prevention team, Admin & Maintenance Team, Finance Team

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Direct Services Review Areas of Operation *Athlone, Belgravia, Belthorn, Bokmakierie, Bridgetown, Crawford, Crossroads, Doornhoogte, Gatesville, Gleemore, Greenhaven, Hazendal, Heideveld, Kewtown, Lansdowne, Langa, Mountview, Rompvlei, Nerissa Estate, Parktown, Penlyn Estate, Penati Estate, Rondebosch East, Rylands, Silvertown, Sunlands, Surrey Estate, Sybrand Park, Vanguard Estate, Welcome Estate, Yorkshire Estate, Wetton, Kenwyn, Joe Slovo, Millers Camp, Waterfront, Pooke se Bos, Vygieskraal, Hanover Park, Newfields, Hout Bay Harbour Area, Imizamo Yetu, Klipfontein Mission, Thabo Mbeki, Bekela, Acasia Park, Never Never, Sweethome Farm, Pola Park, Marcus Garvey, Better Life, Grave Yard, Browns Farm, Block 6, Moon wood, Siyathalala, Siyazela, Hazeldene, Victoria Mzenge, Lower Crossroads, Joburg, Bukuzenzele, Mpinga Square, Vietnam, Philippi Horticulture, Ottery, Eagle Park, Peacock Close, Pelican Heights, Lotus River, Schaapkraal, Phumlani Village, Khayelitsha Site C, Section A-J, Tembani, Bongweni, Kwezi Park, Tambo Village, Sherwood Park, Primrose Park, Manenberg, Tambo Square

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rendered by 7 social workers in Philippi East, Manenberg, Heideveld, Athlone, Hanover Park, Lotus River, Ottery, Philippi Farms, Pelican Park, Phumlani Village and Hout Bay, 2 social workers in Khayelitsha and 1 social worker in Langa.

The year under review was marked by horrific cases of child abuse and neglect which left the social workers at times emotionally drained. Risk assessments were conducted in respect of

2622 families with the highest number of assessments in Philippi East and the lowest number in Langa (See Graph 1 for breakdown according to area). 477 families were referred as a result of allegations of child maltreatment (neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse and abandonment) and 106 families as a result of single or double orphan hood. The remainder of families were referred as a result of financial difficulties (maintenance, foster care applications, Child Support Grants), challenges around contact and care, children with challenging behaviour and substance abuse). Graph 2 illustrates the breakdown of referrals in respect of child maltreatment and orphan hood. Khayelitsha has most referrals in respect of orphan hood (93), Hanover Park for neglect (58), Philippi East for physical abuse (17) and abandonment and Athlone for sexual abuse (23).

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80 3%

247 9%

Graph 1: Number of risk assessments per area Houtbay

365 14%

612 23%

571 22%


231 9%

Athlone Hanover Park Manenberg

280 11%

Philippi East

236 9%

Langa Khayelitsha

Graph 2: Number of risk assessments according to allegations 106 40 Neglect 18% 7% Physical Abuse Sexual Abuse

11 Emotional Abuse 2% Orphan hood

81 14%

267 46%

78 13%

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The Intake staff members have a good understanding of the organisation’s mandate and the collective experience enhances their ability to render adequate services. They have always strived to respond within the set time frames according to the risk to the child/ren. This has often led to the staff having to work after hours to ensure that a child’s safety is ensured. The Intake workers have developed supportive working relationships. They are therefore always willing to assist each other in order to ensure the safety of a child. Due to the maltreatment of children that the social workers have to witness at times the support of their colleagues and manager is of the utmost importance. The number of new intake cases received per year remains however a challenge. On average each worker receives 22 new cases per month in respect of which they have to conduct risk assessments, conduct family

group conferences, contact collaterals and make decisions in respect of the children concerned. This often leads to the necessity of prioritising which families should receive attention first which leads in turn to clients complaining as each one see their referral as important. The sometimes horrific nature of cases received as well as the places and areas they have to enter during their assessments do unfortunately lead to stress and burn out. In spite of this the intake staff members have always been committed to the children Peer Counseling concerned. Graduation

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Investigation Services Investigation


focus on the in depth investigations in respect of allegations of neglect, abuse, abandonment and other social problems impacting on the care of children in order to decide if children’s court proceedings are needed Child Protection event : and making a Klipfontein Mission recommendation to the court once a case has been opened. The services are rendered by 5 social workers in Philippi East, Manenberg, Heideveld, Athlone,

Hanover Park, Lotus River, Ottery, Philippi Farms, Pelican Park, Phumlani Village and Hout Bay, 2 social workers in Khayelitsha and 1 social worker in Langa. It remained a very busy period for the social workers having to conduct investigations and attend children’s court in respect of 269 cases. They succeeded in finalising 148 cases while the inquiries are still continuing in respect of 121 cases. In addition to this the social workers also had to conduct investigations in respect of 406 families in respect of whom children’s court inquiries were not opened yet. Graph 3 illustrates Children’s Court Inquiries completed and in process at 31 March 2013 as per area. As indicated in the graph most Children’s Court Inquiries are conducted in respect of children and their families residing in the Athlone area.

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Graph 3: Children's Court Inquiries


36 25 26

25 17 11 2




16 15




Hanover Park

Manenberg Philippi East

CCI Completed

The social workers spent several days in the Children’s Court per case and have to complete their investigations at the same time prior to the next court date. On average the workers received or opened 3 new inquiries per month, conduct further investigations for inquiries





CCI in Process

that were postponed, conduct preliminary investigations as per order by court and conduct investigations in respect of 437 pre-statutory cases. Graph 4 illustrates the amount of work needed to conduct investigations.

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2874 44%

79 1%

2523 39%

1004 16%

The staff members are committed to child protection and their actions and recommendations have shown that they are always prepared to advocate for the best interest of the child concerned. They do attempt to preserve families as far as possible. This is evident from the fact that they recommended that 53

Office Interviews Family Group Conferences Interviews with collatorals

children be returned to the parents under supervision. The finalisation of Children’s Court Inquiries has however become a challenge due to cases being contested with the assistance of lawyers as cases are postponed and social workers often has to spend days at a time at court due to several witnesses being called. Further to this the high

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mobility of parents in informal settlements as well as tracing parents in other provinces have led to cases remaining on the court roll for longer as they need to be served with notices to appear at court and their circumstances need to be investigated. The social workers dealt during the year with

several parents who made threats against the social workers as they do not agree with recommendations. This has led to social workers being traumatised and having to receive debrieving. In spite of this the social workers remained dedicated to the work they do and have not allowed their objectivity to be compromised.

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Intervention Services

services focus on mediation in respect of contact and care orders, family preservation services and monitoring and support to families where the court returned children to parents under Enjoying the Chrysalis Holiday Camp for Boys supervision of a social worker. The services are rendered by 9 social workers in Philippi East, Manenberg, Heideveld, Athlone, Hanover Park, Lotus River, Ottery, Philippi Farms, Pelican Park,

Phumlani Village and Hout Bay, 2 social workers in Khayelitsha and 1 social worker in Langa. The services’ main focus is to preserve families and ensure contact between the child and other persons of interest. Should services fail a children’s court inquiry is opened and the family gets referred to the Investigation workers to finalise the inquiry. Graph 5 illustrates the amount of families receiving intervention services according to the type of service rendered. A total of 2161 families benefitted from the services. It is evident from the data received that the need for mediation in respect of Care and Contact and/or parenting plans has increased. The total families involved in mediation increased from 56 in June 2012 to 144 at the end of March 2013.

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Graph 5: Number of Children benefitting from intervention

76 3%

481 22%

144 7%

Family Preservation Behaviour modification

1275 59% 185 9%

Care and Contact Foster Care Applications Court Monitoring and Support

The communities served are on both sides of the spectrum being both affluent and underprivileged and facing a variety of shared social ills. It has therefore been found that substance abuse, child abuse and neglect as well as children displaying uncontrollable behaviour is prevalent across all the communities.

It is evident from the caseload analysis that family preservation services are mainly rendered to families in respect of concerns around neglect. This is therefore still the most concerning social problem in the areas we serve, especially in the Cape Flats areas where substance abuse especially is a contributing factor.

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Graph 6: Breakdown of family preservation services according to concerns

243 19%

251 20%

468 38%

Neglect Physical Abuse Sexual Abuse

139 11%

144 12%

Abandonment Other

Intervention services are a very important part of the organisation’s child protection services as the first priority is always to attempt to preserve the family and to guide the parents/ families to deal with the concern in the family context. Due to high caseloads it is however not always possible to give the in depth attention to the families that they need. It has also

been the experience during the last year that the Care and Contact/parenting plans demand a lot of social work attention due to lawyers’ involvement, demanding clients as well as allegations made against each party which lead to investigations that have to be conducted.

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The cases being dealt with in respect of children with challenging behaviour has clearly indicated that gangsterism, substance abuse and inappropriate discipline impact on children and possibly lead to inappropriate behaviour already from a young age. It has also been found that children as young as 12 years old are already addicted to substances which

indicate the impact general substance abuse in the communities have on children. Despite the challenges faced the workers remain committed and attempt to reach as many of the families as they can. In Khayelitsha they have been successful in seeing the families at least every 3 months to monitor their progress and to give support.

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Foster Care services focus on foster care supervision and family reunification services in respect of children in foster care as well as in Child and Youth Care Centres. The services are rendered by 9 social workers in 2 Alternative Care Youth Day Event, Khayelitsha Teams in Philippi East, Manenberg, Heideveld, Athlone, Hanover Park, Lotus River, Ottery, Philippi Farms, Pelican Park, Phumlani Village and Hout Bay, 2 social workers in Khayelitsha and 1 social worker in Langa.

Foster Care Supervision Services are rendered through the implementation of individual case management as well as facilitating groups with Foster Parents, Birth Parents and Foster Children. The Alternative Care workers hold an enormous statutory responsibility to ensure that placements of children in alternative care remain safe and that appropriate care is provided hence the emphasis on renewing Foster Care Orders through the Department of Social Development or the Magistrate Court. The Alternative Care Workers also intervene statutorily when siblings born to birth parents in respect of existing alternative care cases have been identified as being at risk thus necessitating the opening of new Children’s Court inquiries.

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The overall caseload calculates to 1541 foster care supervision cases which calculate to an average of 128 cases per worker. Graph 7 illustrates the breakdown of cases supervised per area. As can be

seen from the graph Philippi East has the highest number of foster care cases and Houtbay the least. The majority of the areas however have between 200 – 245 families who need supervision and support.

81 5%

Graph 7: Foster Care supervision Cases per area as on 31.03.2012

225 15%

132 9%

245 16%

LOPP Areas Houtbay

169 11%

Hanover Park Athlone Manenberg

284 18%

212 14%

193 12%

Philippi East Langa Khayelitsha

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The foster care supervision workers also succeeded in facilitating the return of 38 children to their biological parents after family reunification services. This is only 2.4% of the total amount of children in foster care. It is found that biological parents are either not cooperative in respect of services or that they

disappeared without providing the organisation or foster parents with a forwarding address. It is therefore evident that although alternative care is a short term placement it does become a long term placement in most of the cases.

Graph 8: Children in alternative care reunited with the birth parents Metro South Langa

19 50%

3 8%

16 42%


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In addition to the statutory requirements in respect of foster children the social workers are also responsible to open children’s court inquiries in respect of siblings residing with the biological parents should it be indicated if they are in need of care and protection. During the period children’s court inquiries were finalised in respect of 29 children. The social workers have worked extremely hard during the past period and they have demonstrated much commitment to their individual caseload responsibilities as well as to the organisation goals and objectives.

unfortunately keep on increasing instead of decreasing. In a period of one year the foster care supervision cases increased from 1358 to 1541, a total of 183. This is an increase of 13%. Should it continue at the same rate, the load will reach 2000 cases by the end of 2015, an individual load of 200 per worker.

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Adoption Service is a specialised service offered to children and families within Cape Town Child Welfare Society areas of operation. The Adoption team continues to render services of a very high Leadership Camp at the West Coast standard which is in accordance with the National Norms and Standards as required in terms of the New Children’s Act.

Adoption services The team consists of two full time social workers and one part-time social worker who carry out a range of services from Adoption enquiries, counselling of birth parents, counselling, screening and training of prospective adoptive parents, screening of temporary safe care parents, support groups as well as all the statutory obligations up until when the Adoption Order has been granted. At the end of March 2013 there were 199 adoption cases and 76 post adoption cases being dealt with. The part-time social worker deals with the post adoption cases and queries while the other responsibilities fall on the two full time social workers. Graph 9 illustrates the activities conducted until the finalisation of adoptions.

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Graph 9: Adoption Services Rendered




Counseling to birth parents and their families Adoptive Parents Counselled


Adoptive Parents Orientated Adoptive Parents Screened


Adoptive Parents Trained


Due to the extensive period of time to finalise an adoption only 38 of 130 adoption placements could be finalised during the period. At the end of March 2013 there were therefore still 92 adoptions pending finalisation. In terms of the New Children’s Act, a child can only be placed in an adoptive placement when declared adoptable. The process to find a child

Adoptions finalised

adoptable includes having to proof that all efforts have been made to trace the birth parents which further delays the finalisation of adoption. The very important Post Adoption services include the tracing of birth parents and birth relatives, counselling of adoptive parents, birth parents and birth relatives and facilitating family reunifications.

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Graph 10: Post Adoption services


Parents attending support groups


Adoptees counselled

34 162

Post Adoption Interviews Post Adoption reunions

The Adoption social workers attend an Adoption Panel every two months in order to obtain valuable support and input from the Adoption Panel members who consist of medical and legal professionals. The workers also form part of the Western Cape Adoption Coalition. The aim of the group is to enhance co-operation amongst adoption service providers to ensure that national standards are maintained and that all service

providers are informed of all the latest developments and best practice models. The organisation is also a member of the National Adoption Coalition and as a result has established sound working relationships with other accredited adoption agencies both locally and nationally. The extensive networking of the adoption workers with other organisations such as ABBA and PROCARE has assisted in achieving matches and

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avoiding children being placed internationally unnecessarily. The organisation is an accredited National Adoption Agency and has over the last year also been accredited to conduct inter-country Adoptions with Australia. The Rainbow Support Groups remain a success as there has been an increase of the attendance of adopters and

prospective adopters. This group is an amazing platform to build support networks in adoption. Despite the positive impacts it is a concern that adoption cases are on an increase and the workers are under continuous pressure to ensure services of a high standard despite the high caseloads.

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Holiday Outing for children from Langa



Child Protection Service was implemented in 2006 and many children have been helped who previously had to wait until the next working day to receive assistance. We want to pay tribute to the volunteers and social workers

After hours services dedicated to the protection of children and who have been brave enough to intervene in respect of some dangerous situations in the middle of the night. The service added value to the organisation’s service delivery as children in need of care and protection could be removed to temporary safe care immediately and therefore it was ensured that the children is not exposed to further abuse until the next working day when social workers are traditionally available. The service was however terminated at the end of March 2013 as The Department of Social Development decided that after hours services need to be performed by the department.

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We want to thank the volunteers, management and social workers who offered their time with very little or no compensation in order to ensure the safety of children. This has been a tribute to their dedication and commitment to the protection of children.

Vygieskraal, Athlone

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effective Child protection Services it is important to also focus on Prevention services in an attempt to prevent child maltreatment and the possible removal of children from their families and communities of origin Family Expo in and teach community Pinelands members regarding resources they can access for assistance. Prevention services are rendered by 6 Community Development Workers in Athlone, Heideveld,

Prevention services Manenberg, Hanover Park, Houtbay, Lotus River, Ottery, Philippi Farms, Pelican Park, Phumlani Village and Philippi East, 2 community development workers in Khayelitsha and 1 community development worker in Langa. The services focussed on:  Child Abuse Awareness: Workshops and Talks with children and adults to equip children to protect themselves and parents to protect their children against harm  Information Dissemination: Door to door campaigns, attendance of jamborees, distribution of pamphlets in order to raise awareness of the services rendered by Cape Town Child Welfare Society and talks around social ill specific to a community

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 Celebration of important of International and National Days: to raise awareness amongst community members  Parenting Skills Training: done as part of family preservation services to equip parents to be able to care and protect their children

 Skills Development of Children: focus on leadership training and training of children as peer counsellors.  Holiday programmes: focus on fun and educational activities during the holiday periods.

Graph 12: Persons reached through Prevention programmes Child Abuse Awareness

67 767

Information Dissemination

1166 3091

Events Skills Development of Children Holiday Programmes

1038 1089

Parenting Skills Training

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Women’s Day, Khayelitsha

Community meeting, Egoli

Child Safety, Langa

Holiday Programme, Houtbay

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The annual financial statements for the yearending 31 March 2013 have been prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards for Small- and Medium-size Entities (SME) and will be available at the Annual General Meeting or on

request from the Society. See graphs for figures for 2011/2012 and draft figures for 2012/2013. The final Audited Financial Statements will be available as indicated above. Due to lack of funding the Du Noon office was closed in August 2012. The five Educare Centres, Haus Haltern, Liefdespoort,

Finance Department Rooikappie, Siyazama and New Siseko have become autonomous and each one is operating as separate entity since July 1 2012. The organization is still struggling with their fund-raising endeavours, and has not reached the targets set in the 2012/2013 budgets. Because of this the financial year ended with a deficit on the operating expenditure. However, I also wish to thank those donors who have made continuous, magnanimous and expeditious contributions. The Finance Department produces monthly accounts for the Organization which has seven core departments. The accounting software company Accpac has changed their company name to Sage. The assurance plan with

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New vehicle sponsored by NLDTF Sage entitles this organization to free upgrades/new versions, when it becomes available on the market. The Sage Accounting System facilitates drill-down methodologies which reach right to the core of the individual entries in the ledgers. It is a user-friendly system which interfaces with the Softline VIP Payroll system and allows us to import export data. Comparative year-on-year financial figures can also be produced.

We have upgraded our VIP Payroll software from Classic to the more advance Priemier system. Microsoft Office has also been upgraded to version 2010. The staff in the finance department has been reduced from five to three members. We wish to thank the accounting staff for their diligence and loyal support.

Finance Manager

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327 137

6 000


275 591

85 186

Goverment subsidy Gross collections from public

329 980

168 023


1 497 620

National Lottery Trust Community Chest WP Nelson Mandela Children's Fnd

9 720 464

Local Authority Grant

10 779 230

Membership fees Board Lodging, créche & counselling fees Administration fees Finance Income Other income

Income 2012 “Ensuring the Care and Protection of Children since 1908”


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1 862 619

477 225

783 767

281 287 1 040 728

Staff expenses Transport & office Land & buildings expenses

4 824 385

Domestic expenses 13 985 494

Professional & special services

Supplementary assistance Other expenses

Expenditure 2012 “Ensuring the Care and Protection of Children since 1908�


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92 965

0 417

93 246 825 600

1 445 275

Goverment subsidy Gross collections from public

111 387 308 813

National Lottery Trust Community Chest WP

4 097 774

10 779 267

Nelson Mandela Children's Fnd Local Authority Grant

1 555 959

Membership fees Board Lodging, créche & counselling fees

Administration fees Finanace Income

Income 2013 (Draft Figures)

Other income

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1 137 426

174 191 Staff expenses

337 011

2 715 258

Transport & office Land & buildings expenses

1 531 729 2 991 250

12 858 729

Domestic expenses Professional & special services

New Vehicle sponsored by NLDTF

Supplementary assistance Other expenses

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Donors & Friends

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Postal Address: P.O. Box 374 | Gatesville | 7766 | Cape Town | South Africa Contact Numbers: Tel No: +27 21 638 3127 Fax No: +27 21 638 4193

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