More social workers needed for child bill, says committee

2015-09-05 13:06
Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. (Lisa Hnatowicz, Netwerk24)

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. (Lisa Hnatowicz, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town – It became clear during public hearings that more social workers are needed to implement the Children’s Amendment Bill, Parliament’s portfolio committee on social development said on Saturday.

Committee chair Zoleka Capa reiterated that they did not want a situation where the bill could not be implemented because the social development department did not have enough resources.

“We want the department to come back with a clear costed plan on how they will implement the bill,” she said.

“If it sees the need for more budget in order to hire additional social workers, the Committee will deliberate and advise appropriately.”

Non-profit organisations such as the Children’s Institute, Childline SA and the Centre for Child Law shared their views on the bill during hearings on Wednesday and Friday.

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini tabled amendment bills for the Children’s Act in May.

Amendments include extending the circumstances as to when a child was adoptable and an expanded definition of people unsuitable to work with children.

The committee said it would consider all inputs and deliberate on the bill “clause by clause”.

It would then send it to the National Council of Provinces for further review and concurrence.

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