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Do you know what your rights are and what you are allowed and aren't allowed to do at your age? On this site, you'll find out about your rights in various areas of your life.

It's not easy being young and getting people to take you seriously.

This site shows you what your rights are, what you are entitled to and how you should be treated. It also has a section about at what age you are legally allowed to do things.

On this website, you will find information on the following issues:

  • Your rights
  • At what age can I?
  • Legal advice
  • Contact details of the Centre for Child Law

The Centre established a Children’s Litigation Project in August 2003 (with a grant from the Open Society Foundation) in order to undertake impact litigation work in the children’s rights sector. Advocate Ann Skelton is the project co-ordinator, and the project is currently dealing with a number of cases.

You've got to learn to stand up for yourself and make sure you are treated fairly. So why not start now?

  • Protection from Abuse
  • Breaking the law
  • Know Your Rights

If you don't find the answers to your questions here, feel free to contact the Centre for Child Law.

Your details will not be shared with anyone outside of the Centre, unless we feel you are in danger or need urgent help. In that case, we will contact you first.

 

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Latest News

10 July 2018

Press Statement: Centre for Child Law responds to the article on IOL titled "Abused, Orphaned Children go Hungry after R7M 'disappears'" dated 8 July 2018

The Centre is gravely concerned about the conditions reported on in the IOL article dated 8 July 2018 regarding the treatment of the children housed at Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC).

This is not the first CYCC to have sub-standard care, the Centre has in the past intervened on behalf of children who were in CYCCs with similar or worse problems and it is disheartening to see children who are already traumatised by the situations that led to them being removed from their parental or family environment, being failed by those tasked to protect them.

For more see the press statement:

Press Statement

 

9 July 2018

Press Statement: Child Marriage

The Centre notes with concern the report from the Commission for Gender Equality ("CGE") given at Parliament on Wednesday, stating that approximately 91 000 children of school-going-age are married.

The Centre is extremely concerned about the increasing incidence of child marriage in the country and the impact that this has on children and children's rights. Child marriage denies the rights of children and subjects them to a multitude of abuses.

The married child is often prevented from returning to school due to the commonly held view that schooling interferes with the child's duty as a "wife". Further, child marriage is likely to cause life-long trauma to children; particularly as children are removed from their family and peers and as stated by the CGE, required to "perform a wife's duties".

For more see the press statement:

Press Statement

Centre for Child Law