Making child and youth care work: Protectors of children and youth gather in Kimberly, 4 – 6 July

By | 30 June 2017

Kimberly, 29 June 2017:  Child and youth care practitioners who have dedicated their lives to the protection of at-risk children will gather in Kimberley from 4 to 6 July for the National Association of Child and Youth Care Workers (NACCW) 21st Biennial Conference.

These carers –  in children’s homes, child and youth care centres and places of safety – provide at-risk children with competent, professional care. With support from and the Department of Social Development (DSD) the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), USAID and PEPFAR, the NACCW established South Africa’s Isibindi Model in 2001 in response to the impact of the HIV pandemic on children. Isibindi has supported children by providing care givers who help instil structure at home, negotiating with teachers, ensuring they have the documents to register for government grants and teaching the children life skills from cooking to washing to reproductive health to budgeting. Isibindi is being implemented in more than 300 communities across the country with 15 projects in the Northern Cape, including 6 in Kimberley itself, which serve over 13 000 of the province’s needy children. Almost 300 Isibindi child and youth care workers have undergone training in the province, and nationally this figure has risen beyond 6000 with the commitment by DSD for the training of a total of 10 000 Isibindi Child and Youth Care Workers.

Representatives from DSD, NACCW, UNICEF and the Community Chest will address the conference which will also be attended by the NACCW’s long-term patron, renowned author and poet, Dr. Don Mattera. The event will include a strong youth component, with 132 orphaned or at-risk children attending the parallel 8th Youth Conference.

Hosted by DSD and NACCW, financed by UNICEF, a National Isibindi Network Meeting will be held as a pre-conference event on the 3rd of July where DSD, NACCW and UNICEF officials, community-based organisations and child and youth care workers will discuss how to further improve and expand this successful child and youth care programme.

Media are invited to a press conference to be addressed by NACCW chairperson Elwin Gallant and other key role players in the child & youth care sector.

Date: Tuesday 4 July 2017, Time: 14h00 – 14h45

Venue: Mittah Seperepere Convention Center, Kimberly, Northern Cape

For more information please contact: Simone Shanglee at 021 762 6076, 079 519 1836 or simone@naccw.org.za

About the NACCW:

The NACCW is an independent Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) in South Africa established in 1975. It provides the professional training and infrastructure to promote healthy child and youth development and improve standards of care and treatment for orphaned, vulnerable and at-risk children and youth in family, community and residential group care settings. The NACCW vision is to create healthy child and youth development and improved standards of care for vulnerable children.