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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 21 September 2018

Press Release - Centre for Child Law & SECTION27 concerned about the public discourse on violence in schools

The Centre for Child law and SECTION27 are concerned by recent reports of incidents of teachers being assaulted by learners. We understand the concerns arising out of these revelations of violence against teachers. However, we are apprehensive about the public sentiments expressed on this issue. In particular we are worried about the sentiments indicating the need for more punitive measures to be put in place to deal with the learners. The manner in which the discourse is developing, for instance the call to bring the SAPS into schools, is alarming.

We do not agree with the involvement of police in schools or believe that corporal punishment or any heavy handedness is the answer to the problem of violence in these cases. We are of the view that schools are a microcosm of communities, therefore responses must start both at schools and at home. 

We are of the view that preventing violence has to be a priority for everyone in South Africa. Furthermore, we would like to underscore the need for a holistic approach to resolving the problem. One which focuses on the individual learner and seeks to probe the underlying reasons as to why that learner is resorting to violence as an appropriate response to the situation.

For more please see the press release below:

Press Release

 

 

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