The SISO Social Work team is mandated to create safe spaces for the families that we work with (internal and external). We intervened in cases related to child abuse, neglect, issues of hygiene, late registration of birth certificates, misuse of Child Support Grant (CSG) and more. Some of these cases were resolved and some are still in progress.
The Social Work team also assisted families with their children’s school online applications for the year 2024 which was a success as many learners were admitted to schools. Sikhula Sonke, in partnership with different stakeholders around Khayelitsha, ran an awareness campaign through community dialogues during Child Protection Week, empowering communities with preventive measures to ensure the safety of children.
This year seems to be fast-paced and has resulted in a lot of pressure on our Social Work Department. Our department has been hard hit by so many delays in our case work. Various government departments slowed some of the processes to obtain identity documents for the families so that children could benefit from their children’s rights. The challenges won’t deter us from our mandate of upholding children’s rights.
Moreover, the Social Work Team - in partnership with FAMSA - provided psychosocial support to vulnerable families via one-on-one sessions, at parenting workshops and GBV support groups. This investment into the wellbeing of families has paid dividends and we see that some of the families have become more resilient.
Activity / Cases. In progress. Resolved.
Online applications (24 children) 2 22
Caregiver Support group 11 Ongoing
Birth certificate applications 10 4
Counselling sessions 9 Ongoing
Child Support Grant 13 5