Call for Public Comment on Children’s Amendment Bill

The Children’s Amendment Bill (2018) has been gazetted for public comment. The Bill introduces numerous changes to the Children’s Act, including changes to provisions on discipline, guardianship, unmarried fathers, kinship care, adoption, alternative care, ECD, and surrogate motherhood.


The version of the Bill that has been published in the Government Gazette includes revisions that were made after the provincial hearings on the Bill which took place in August and September 2018.



Comments on the revised Bill are due on 29 November 2018 and can be submitted electronically to: or

The Department of Social Development requests that submissions be made using the following framework for inputs.

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