Child Protection is everyone's business

National Child Protection Week (31 May-7 June) includes a new invisible enemy this year – Covid-19. Along with protecting children against violence, exploitation and abuse, Child & Youth Care Centres (CYCCs) must follow stringent measures to prevent infection.

Child & Youth Care Centres fall under ‘essential services’ and have continued to operate throughout lockdown, working tirelessly to ensure the safety and well being of thousands of vulnerable children. Most of us have arranged for core staff – our child and youth care workers – to remain on site with the children.

These staff have to be provided with accommodation and meals, laundry facilities and transport, as well as overtime pay. Extra people living in our Home also means extra usage of electricity and water. And – whilst the Department of Social Development has supplied some CYCCs with basic supplies such as masks, soap, dispensers and sanitizers – there has been no consistency in terms of items provided or frequency of distribution.

It all adds up to a huge increase in costs … at a time when we’ve experienced a noticeable drop in donor funding.

If you care about the plight of children who’ve been abused, hurt or frightened in the past, please help us keep them safe now … by making your donation online.


Covid-19 has pushed us all out of our comfort zones – some more than others. The daunting question that faces us now is: How do we continue protecting vulnerable children, when our organisations are themselves in a state of extreme vulnerability?

That’s why CYCCs across KZN  – in lockdown during this Child Protection Week – are raising their banners high,  to get the attention of government and the general public.

Protecting vulnerable children is everyone’s responsibility.

Child & Youth Care Centres are striving to provide the services needed of us. But we absolutely cannot do this alone! We need your help too.

KZN Child & Youth Care Centres unite against Covid-19

children deserve to be safe & happy

In a perfect world, every child would grow up in a loving home – with enough food, clothing and opportunities to play and learn.

But it’s not a perfect world.

The Durban Child & Youth Care Centre strives to give children who’ve been orphaned, abandoned, neglected or abused, another chance of a happy childhood. We provide a safe home, all the daily necessities, education and encouragement to help them develop into healthy, well-adjusted kids.

Wherever possible, we work with the family to enable children to return home. Because every child needs a place to belong.

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South Africa's children are hurting

In mid 2017, South Africa was home to 19.6 million children under the age of 18
Of these:

million orphans
million dependent
on grants
thousand live in
child only households
0 %
live below
the poverty line

How we help

our programmes

Residential Care

our programmes

Residential Care

Up to 60 boys and girls, between the ages of 2-18, live in three units. They attend local schools and receive counselling, remedial teaching, therapy and other activities designed to encourage them to develop skills, talents and confidence.
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our programmes

siyakhula Treatment Centre

our programmes

Siyakhula treatment centre

This is a 12 week residential rehabilitation programme for youth (aged 11-17) who are addicted to substances. They develop new skills and attitudes to enable them to remain drug free.
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our programmes

amaqhawe Care Centre

our programmes

Amaqhawe Centre

This is a home for 14 children suffering from chronic life threatening illnesses (mainly HIV) and disabilities. We focus on their emotional, spiritual and medical care. Wherever possible, families are encouraged to be involved.
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our programmes

Community support

our programmes

Community support

Professional support to other child & youth care centres, the National Association of Child Care Workers, Regional Youth Forum, etc.
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Play your part

Although we receive a government subsidy for each child, this is nowhere near the real cost of caring.
Your donation helps provide food, shelter, education, medical care and the therapeutic programmes
these children need to overcome their unhappy past and develop into confident, happy young people.

Other ways to help

Gifts in kind

We appreciate donations of non-perishable food items, clothing and toiletries. Please contact us for a list of our most pressing needs.

Get a MySchool Card

Choose the Durban Child & Youth Care Centre as the beneficiary of your MySchool card and help raise funds every time you swipe the card.


Helping with homework, mentoring older children and sewing clothes are just some of the ways you can make a difference.


Provide a regular monthly service like removal of garden refuse, or general maintenance like replacing light bulbs and tap washers.

Fundraise for us

Run a marathon and ask your friends to sponsor you ... or ask for donations to DCYCC in lieu of birthday or Christmas gifts.

Set up a monthly payment

Even small donations - made regularly every month by debit order or recurring EFT - add up to a whole lot of help.

Leave a bequest

One sentence in your will could make a lasting impact on a child's life – and costs you nothing right now!

Adopt a room

Contribute towards the running costs for one room – and your kindness will touch many children's lives each year.

What's happening at our home

Special announcement – Extraordinary response to COVID-19 threat

At this time when our President has announced a National State of Disaster in respect of COVID-19 the management of the Durban Child …
Outsourced catering

Ensuring compliance by outsourcing catering

During April 2019 the Department of Social Development asked all Child and Youth Care Centre’s in KZN to a meeting. Meeting the health …

Renovation projects 2019/2020

We have been fortunate in this financial year to have received support towards some of our most pressing renovation projects. Special thank you …

Farewell as one of our children returns home

There were mixed emotions as children and staff gathered to bid one our children farewell as she returns to her family after many …

Message from the Director

During one of our Monday morning team meetings I shared a reading on the power of patience; “For you have need of steadfast …
Back to school

Back to school support

We would like to thank all our friends and supporters who opened their hearts and hands to our children. Our children were ready …

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