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Understanding the Children's Amendment Bill

Much has changed since Parliament passed the Children's Act in 2005.  Now they want to change parts of the Act that do not work in practice or that no longer apply. The changes they want to make are in a new draft law called the Children’s Amendment Bill [B18 of 2020].

 

These videos aim to help you understand the what the Children's Amendment Bill says about:

 

The rights of unmarried fathers and their children with Mbonisi Nyathi

 

Unmarried fathers

 

The rules about children in alternative care and support to help children leave (e.g. child and youth care centres), with Gerald Jacobs

 

Alternative Care

 

Kinship and foster care – care by grannies and aunts or other relatives for children without parents, with Paula Proudlock

 

Kinship care

 

Why the Children's Amendment Bill should support the implementation of the ban on corporal punishment (smacking or beating) with Isabel Magaya

 

Getting rid or corporal punishment in the home

 

Privacy in court cases involving children, with Prof Ann Skelton from the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

 

The right to privacy and court proceedings