Durban - South African Child Rights activist, Joan van Niekerk, graduated with a PhD in Social Work from the University of KwaZulu-Natal this week. Her PhD study has provided recommendations for the creation of a developmental model for child protection services in the country.
In her research, Van Niekerk, the former director of Childline, explored transformative shifts and challenges in the provision of child protection services.
After interviewing senior social workers in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, Van Niekerk found there were many factors that contributed to these challenges.
She found that services are severely hampered by the lack of an over-arching child protection strategy and a dysfunctional relationship between the non-profit sector and government and inadequate resourcing....
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