Children (0-18 years) who are destitute, vulnerable, in need of care, in conflict with the law and displays behaviours which cannot be controlled by parents are provided with accommodation, life-skills programs and a stable and conducive environment.
Children are provided with counselling, psycho-social, educational and developmental programmes. A Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC) is a facility that provides residential care to more than six children outside the child’s family environment in accordance with a residential care programme suited for the children in the facility.
The service is provided to children 0-18 years, who meet the following criteria according to the Children’s Act, section 150; (1) A child is in need of care and protection if, the child-
(a) has been abandoned or orphaned and is without any visible means of support;
(b) displays behaviour which cannot be controlled by the parent or caregiver;
(c) lives or works on the streets or begs for a living;
(d) is addicted to a dependence-producing substance and is without any support to obtain treatment for such dependency;
(e) has been exploited or lives in circumstances that expose the child to exploitation;
(f) lives in or is exposed to circumstances which may seriously harm that child’s physical, mental or social well-being;
(g) may be at risk if returned to the custody of the parent, guardian or care-giver of the child as there is reason to believe that he or she will live in or be exposed to circumstances which may seriously harm the physical, mental or social well-being of the child;
(h) is in a state of physical or mental neglect; or
(i) is being maltreated, abused, deliberately neglected or degraded by a parent, a care-giver, a person who has parental responsibilities and rights or a family member of the child or by a person under whose control the child is.
Types of service offered in a Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC); according to Section 191(Regulation 75)
How to apply for placement of a child
Placement of children in need of care and protection is done by Social Workers through Children’s Courts.
What is a Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC)?
- Children’s Homes
- Shelters for children living and working on the streets
- Places of safety & secure care facilities
- Schools of Industry
- Reform Schools
A Child and Youth Care Centre exclude the following;
- A partial care facility
- A drop-in centre
- A boarding school
- A school hostel or other residential facilities attached to a school
- A prison; or any other establishment which is maintained mainly for the tuition or training of children other than an establishment which is maintained for children ordered by a court to receive training or tuition.
Child and Youth Care Centre facilities must be registered with the Gauteng Department of Social Development.