Children - At what age can I? PDF Print E-mail

The law considers the age of a child as an important factor in various situations. The Legal guide to age thresholds for children and young people (April 2011) outlines (among other things) the ages at which a child can act independently from his/her parents or guardians and also sets out various legal rules relevant to the particular ages of children.

Topics covered include:

  • At what age can children make decisions and act on their own without assistance from their parents?
  • What are the age thresholds for children to access social grants or housing subsidies?
  • At what age can a child sign a legal contract, be prosecuted for a crime, smoke or be detained in prison?

 

Click here to download: Legal Guide to Age Thresholds for Children

 

This Guide (April 2011 - Edition 5) is a product of the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town.

 

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10 December 2018

CENTRE FOR CHILD LAW 20 YEAR CELEBRATION

On 5 to 7 December 2018, the Centre for Child Law celebrated 20 Years of litigation, research & advocacy in order to advance child law and children's rights in South Africa.

The Centre held a conference that was attended by partners and friends nationally, regionally & internationally. The conference was a success and pictures will be placed on the website in due course.

The Centre also produced a publication to commemorate this milestone. The publication is titled "20 Years of Imagining Children Constitutionally: Strategic Litigation and Advocacy for Children's Rights in South Africa". The publication provides descriptions and insights into the Centre's cases, at all levels of the superior courts. It also provides a description of the Centre's advocacy, research & academic work.

To access the publication please see the link below:

CCL 20 Year Publication -

Part 1

Part 2

 

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