We provide a loving home for 60 children between the ages of 2-18

Within the extensive grounds of the Durban Child & Youth Care Centre are three cottages, where girls and boys of different ages live together as a family, under the care and guidance of trained child and youth care workers. The children attend local schools and various extra mural activities designed to nurture interests and develop talent.

We have a fully equipped playground, lawns and shady trees in our garden, where children are encouraged to play after homework has been done.

Temporary

Some children may spend years here, but for most it is a temporary home. Our family reunification team works in partnership with the family, extended family and community supports, to ensure that young people are able to return home in the shortest possible time.

Whilst they are with us, the children’s development is assessed, and they participate in programmes aimed at strengthening capacity and skills to cope more effectively with life with life within their family and community.

Although the main beneficiaries are the children and youth we serve, owing to the nature of the work families also benefit, which in turn has a positive influence on the communities in which these families live.

  • The average age of drug dependency in South Africa is 12 years old and dropping.
  • People who start drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to become alcoholics.
  • School kids who use alcohol or drugs are three times more likely to get involved in violent crimes.

You can't change your past – but you can choose a different future

The Siyakhula Treatment Centre at the Durban Child and Youth Care Centre offers a 12 week residential rehabilitation programme for young people (aged 11-17 years) who are addicted to substances. At present, we are the only children’s home in South Africa to offer such a programme.

8 young people are accommodated at a time. Family members are encouraged to participate, as their support and encouragement is vital to the young person’s success in remaining drug free.

The programme focuses on the young person’s existing strengths, and developing the skills they need in order to cope with the realities of their lives, and to remain free from the use and abuse of substances.

With support, these youngsters work at restoring relationships with their family and community. The goal is to get them back into school so they can complete their education and develop lasting friendships with their  peers.

After the initial in-patient treatment, we continue to support the child and his or her family in their own home for the next 12 months. 

This aftercare service creates a forum for youngsters who have been through the programme to meet and share their challenges and achievements. By sharing the different techniques that they have successfully implemented in their daily lives, the ‘graduates’ of our programme learn from one another and receive positive, empowering reinforcement to continue saying ‘no’ to drugs, alcohol and other substances.

Amaqhawe Care Centre
offers health and hope

14 children who suffer from life threatening chronic illnesses live at our Amaqhawe Care Centre. HIV infection is the main cause of illness.

Access to ARV Treatment has provided hope and health to many of these children. Since this treatment became available, our focus has shifted from preparing children and families for death, to the importance of adhering to drug regimes and laying the foundations for positive living.

But we don’t only focus on medical care. The emotional, spiritual and educational development of the children is equally important. Extended families are traced where possible, and educated with regards to the needs of their children. They are encouraged to provide the child with emotional support, and are included in all matters relating to the health of the child.

The centre also offers care to up to four children with profound disability; children with mild disability are absorbed into the residential programme.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

We provide professional support to other child & youth care centres, the National Association of Child Care Workers, Regional Youth Forum and other groups committed to the care and protection of children.