Vulnerable Children in South Africa: Legal, social development and criminological aspects

Product Attributes

  • Soft Cover
  • 9781485118091
  • 1st Edition
  • 336 Pages
  • 2016

Authors

Songca, R ; Sibanda, O S ; Basdeo, V ; Luyt, W F M ; Hesselinkm, A E ; Dastile, N P ; Matetoa, J M ; Mooki, M S ; Karels, M

2016 - 1st Edition

R 450.00

About this Publication:

Vulnerable Children in South Africa: Legal, social development and criminological aspects analyses the legal, social development, criminological and penology issues that affect vulnerable children and children who are in conflict with the law.

The book adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to the topic and considers vulnerability within both the family and broader societal structures. The book addresses the needs of children as victims and children as perpetrators of harm. The book takes a holistic view of vulnerability in childhood and addresses a wide variety of issues, including the nature and potential legal impact of harmful cultural practices.

Vulnerable Children in South Africa also describes the causes and effects of vulnerability in childhood and emphasises the multi-disciplinary aspects of working with such children as victims or offenders.

The authors concentrate on the processes that apply to the work of various professionals: police officers, lawyers, social workers, probation officers and correctional officers. The Child Justice Act 75 of 2008, the Children’s Act 38 of 2005 and the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007 are among the Acts that are discussed.

Written by former police officers, criminologists, penologists, lawyers and experts in the area of children’s rights, the book is designed to be practical in nature and is supplemented by forms and documents relevant to working with vulnerable children.

Contents Include:

  • Vulnerable children in the South African context
    • Children in the family
    • Violence against children
    • Youths within the criminal justice system as perpetrators and victims
  • Constitutional and legislative themes applicable to the protection of vulnerable children
    • The South African Bill of Rights and vulnerable children
    • Children and the law – an introduction to the aims and objectives of selected statutes applicable to vulnerable children
    • Customary law and vulnerable children
  • Inter-sectoral co-operation in the protection of vulnerable children
    • Inter-sectoral co-operation for protecting vulnerable children
    • Departments and sectors of government with a child protection or assistance mandate
  • The role and duty of the South African police service in protecting vulnerable children
    • Policing and vulnerable children
    • Policing and the protection of vulnerable children through specific legislation
  • The role of social workers and probation officers in protecting vulnerable children
    • Child justice reform in South Africa
    • The Child Justice Act 75 of 2008
    • Probation
    • Key role players in child justice
    • Matters related to age
    • Assessment of children
    • Preliminary inquiries
    • Diversion
    • Sentencing in the child justice court
    • Duties of provincial officers of the Department of Social Development (summarised)
  • The role of Correctional Services in protecting vulnerable children
    • Sentencing options for child offenders
    • The role of the Department of Correctional Services in child justice
    • Incarceration of child offenders under remand
    • Sentenced child offenders in South African correctional centres
    • Overview of selected correctional phenomena
    • Research concerning selected correctional phenomena
    • Release from correctional incarceration and aftercare
    • Annexures: South African Police Service (SAPS) forms for police procedures involving children
  • Table of cases
  • Table of statutes

Of Interest and Benefit to:

  • Police officials
  • Legal representatives
  • Social workers
  • Correctional officers
  • Probation officers
  • Immigration officers
  • Academics
  • Undergraduate and post-graduate students

Key Benefits:

  • Each topic is covered succinctly and separately allowing for ease of reference.
  • Contains concise guidelines to policing of children in both public and private law using criminal justice and law as content
  • Contains theoretical and practical examples which add real value to the reader at all levels of practice
  • Includes as annexures the forms and documents necessary in each stage of the processes of the applicable professionals
  • Enables practitioners to critically evaluate existing bodies of knowledge in their chosen field