This program accommodates up to 60 children and youth, of both sexes, between the ages of 2 and 18 years. The 60 children and youth are housed in three units.
The program focuses on family reunification, and works in partnership with the family, extended family members and community supports, to ensure that young people are returned home in the shortest time possible. During the time spent in our program, young people are developmentally assessed, and provided with programs, which provide strengthening and capacity building.
This enables them to cope more effectively with life within their family and community
Communities in which we are active:
Children and youth accessing our services came from all over Kwa-Zulu Natal. We have serviced children, youth and their families from Pietermaritzburg, Empangeni and Port Shepstone. However because reunification is key to all our programmes most of the children and youth referred for services come from communities in and around Durban.
The main beneficiaries are the children and youth, however because of the nature of the work families both immediate and extended benefit from the service which in turn has a positive influence on the communities that these families live in.
Percentage of end-beneficiaries defined as Black:
In the period March 2016 to date the children under care in Durban Child and Youth Care Centre are 99% Black as defined in terms of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act No. 53 of 2003. We can further confirm that approximately 5% of the children under care have disabilities.