Therapy room no child’s play

2018-07-24 06:01
The playroom launched in Mitchell’s Plain last week.

The playroom launched in Mitchell’s Plain last week.

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A colourful room, launched at a local office, will assist in the care, treatment and management of vulnerable children.

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) launched their innovative Child Play Therapy Room at their Mitchell’s Plain office on Monday last week.

The room is the third of its kind in the Western Cape.

“The department has begun the process of rolling out these innovative, cutting-edge facilities to all 45 of our local offices across the province, and would benchmark us to an international standard. This is a first in the country,” says Sihle Ngobese, spokesperson for DSD MEC, Albert Fritz.

This R34 000 facility is a specialised counselling room which is equipped with children’s toys, educational material and specialised dolls.

“This plays a critical role in enabling specialist child protection social workers to assist children who have been physically, emotionally and/or sexually abused. It creates a safe space for children to express themselves, including reporting serious crimes that they may have witnessed,” says Fritz in a statement.

“Play Therapy is an innovative counselling technique used by social workers to communicate with and help children to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges.”

The facility is based at the DSD Mitchell’s Plain local office, which will continue to render specialist services to the community, including child care and protection services, probation services, substance abuse interventions, family and parenting support services and services to people with disabilities and older persons, Fritz continues.

“Our priority thus far has been rural communities and urban communities which experience higher levels of violence and social issues. The first was opened at the Langa local office in December, and the second was launched with the new Beaufort West local office. The Mitchell’s Plain local office is the third to boast this facility,” says Ngobese.

“This facility is a powerful tool that will be used by child protection social workers in their work, rendering counselling and therapy to children brought in via referrals or as walk-ins with parents.”

The launch was attended by officials and Western Cape member of the Provincial Parliament, Daylin Mitchell.

“We encourage the public to seek social work assistance by visiting this or any of our DSD local offices, or by contacting the DSD hotline on 0800 220 250.” V The department encourages residents to seek assistance by visiting any of their offices or calling their hotline on 0800 220 250.

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