Securing a brighter future for our children
The Durban Child & Youth Care Centre (formerly Durban Children’s Home) is a registered NPO (NPO number: 002-363) providing loving care for orphans, destitute and neglected children, deemed by the Children’s Court to be at risk.
We are registered with the Department of Social Development and accept children from all over KwaZulu Natal. We have served children and families from Pietermaritzburg, Empangeni and Port Shepstone. However because reunification is key to all our programmes, most of the children and youth referred to us come from communities in and around Durban.
Issues affecting children
High levels of unemployment, poverty, crime, domestic violence, substance abuse, sexual abuse and HIV/AIDS in our province have a negative impact on families and children. However, placing vulnerable children in long-term institutional care is usually not in the best interests of the child.
Over the years, our focus has shifted in line with modern best practice. Providing a safe and loving environment where kids can thrive remains an important part of our work. But the ultimate goal is to develop, strengthen and empower families so that children are able to return home where they belong.
Early intervention and preventative work with both children and families ensures that children do not have to spend long periods in the welfare system. In some cases it is not necessary for them to enter the system at all.
The Durban Child and Youth Care Centre has over the years demonstrated its
commitment to transforming services according to policy changes.
Donors receive Section 18A tax certificates and may claim points in terms of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act No. 53 of 2003.
Of the children, youth and families served:
We exist to promote a sense of physical and emotional well-being, through a safe and therapeutic environment, for children who are at risk because of neglect, abuse and orphan-hood.
“Our work will be accomplished when we live in a country where all our children are able to develop and unearth their individual and unique potential within an environment of nurturing families and communities.”
To ensure that every child has the right to a safe environment which provides opportunities for development and experiences that are in keeping with their own family and community.
To ensure that those who intervene in the lives of young people and their families are trained and have the child’s best interests at heart.
To ensure that the community provides children and their families with valuable support.
Meet THE TEAM
Mandy has served the organisation for over 30 years. She started as a social worker in 1990 and ascended to the position of director in 1994.
BSoc Sc.Social Work (Hons) UKZN
Child Care Manager
Ntombenhle has been with the organisation for over 15 years. She assumed the role of Child Care Manager in 2013.
Ntombenhle oversees the functioning of the child and youth care team and programme management.
Residential Social Worker
Andile holds a BA Social Work (Hons). She has been a Social Worker for the organisation for over 15 years.
Residential Social Worker
Premie holds a masters in Social Work from UKZN. She has been a Social Worker for the Children’s Home for over 17 years.
Emilia tends to our switchboard/ front office and assists with administration requirements.
Development & Relationship Manager
Nicolette manages the Fundraising, Marketing and Public Relations of the Organisation.
She holds a National Diploma in Public Relations Management and certificates in Graphics Design and Freelance Journalism.
Senior Child and Youth Care Worker
Xolisile has been with the organisation for over 14 years. She was appointed Senior Child and Youth Care Workers in 2013, supervising and assisting in overseeing and coordinating programmes pertaining to children and child and youth care workers.
Senior Child & Youth Care Worker
Peter has been with the organisation for over 16 years. He was appointed Senior Child and Youth Care Workers in 2013, supervising and assisting in overseeing and coordinating programmes pertaining to children and child and youth care workers.
Tasniem oversees all financial matters. She has been with the organisation for over 12 years.
Bridget co-ordinates all product donations, meals and special functions for the children, as well as the support staff. Bridget has been with the organisation for over 11 years.
Systems Administration Manager
Sarah manages and provides support on the operational database system, as well as support on marketing and communication strategies and campaigns.
Sarah has been with the organisation for over 11 years.