Intervention Programs

PREVENTION

40% of our time & resources are
dedicated to Prevention Activities

PROTECTION

60% of our time and resources are
dedicated to Protection Activities

Psycho Social Support: One on One support to families and individuals

Is aimed at: Families and children at risk of violence and abuse.

Description of service: The increasing disintegration of families, mainly due to the immense pressure of unemployment, coupled with substance abuse and family violence, creates an urgent need for more services that focus on the protection of children. This services provides one on one empowerment and support to families and individuals by providing crisis prevention and early intervention through counselling sessions and support. Dealing mostly with issues around: communication between parent/s and child/ren, education, discipline, behavioural problems, substance abuse and single parenting. This work is often very challenging and demanding; involving multifaceted problems and often unwilling clients with limited parenting skills. The wide range and extent of issues to be addressed, stretches the capacity of social workers and available resources.
Services: One on one counselling sessions are provided dealing with issues such as: Child Abuse & Neglect | Family Conflict / Violence | Challenging Child Behavior | Substance Abuse |Children & Parents Mediation | Family Therapy | Parental Guidance: Care of Children | Behaviour of Children & Substance Dependency

  1. Download: Domestic Violence information pamphlet PDF

Workshops for Children

Is aimed at: Children and educators of children.

Description of service: The development and facilitation of various workshops and support aimed at developing informed and aware children and educators that are able to identify and protect themselves and others from physical or emotional abuse.

Services: Education and Awareness workshops are organised throughout the year and facilitated at various schools and community venues: focusing on pertinent topics affecting children such as: Protective Behaviours | Sexual Abuse & Molestation | Drug Abuse | Conflict and Communication. Workshops are presented in the form of drama enactments such as puppet shows for younger children, or standard presentations.

Please see workshops calendar scheduled for this year.

  1. Download: Child Protection Week information pamphlet for children PDF
  2. Download: Child Protection Week ‘Go Tell’ hand out for children PDF
  3. Download: Back to School during Covid -19 Guide for children PDF
  4. Download: Safety Measure during COVid-19 hand out in Xhosa for children PDF
  5. View: Child Protection Week Puppet shows for children - Video 1
  6. View: Child Protection Week Puppet shows for children - Video 2
  7. View: Child Protection Week Puppet shows for children - Video 3

Workshops / Support Group Sessions for Parents & Care Givers

Aimed at: Parents and Care Givers of Children.

Description of Service: The development and facilitation of various workshops and support groups are aimed at developing informed, effective and protective parenting especially in challenging circumstances.

Services include: Regular Education and Awareness Workshops and support groups are organized and facilitated throughout the year for parents, Guardians / Care givers of children. These workshops and support groups focus on pertinent issues and support related to effective parenting and include: Parenting with Passion Workshops | Child Protection workshops (SAM) | Mother & Baby support (young mothers are taught how to care for the physical and emotional needs of their children as well as ensure early immunization). All of these support and educational initiatives aim to equip parents with knowledge and practical skills to help them deal with the demands of parenthood, especially in difficult circumstances such as poverty and crime ridden communities. Topics in demand are: Effective Communication | Positive Discipline | Dealing with Conflict and Anger | Setting Clear Boundaries etc. Please see Events calendar scheduled for this year.

  1. Download: Parental Guidance information: ‘Punishment vs. Discipline’ pamphlet. PDF
  2. Download: Parents Workshops: ‘Parenting with Passion’ workshops information pamphlet. PDF
  3. View: ‘Parenting with Passion’ workshops video

Networks & Stakeholders

Aimed at: Schools | Clinics | Support Groups: Children | Teachers | Women | Parents |Caregivers|
Churches | SAPS | Psychiatrists | Psychologists | Therapists & Government Departments

Description: CMR-PE works closely with existing resources in the Eastern Cape including the Department of Social Development, ACVV, South African Police Services (SAPS) and other Non-Government Organisation’s (NPO’s) to achieve maximum impact and avoid duplication of services. Activities are evaluated on an ongoing basis and registers are meticulously kept to record the number of people making use of CMR’s services. Programme Managers consult regularly with Social Workers to: evaluate services, ensure priority issues are continuously addressed within communities, and maintain professional standards, developing a comprehensive service delivery report to the Department of Social Development.

  1. Download: List of Public/Private/Civil Society Partnerships: (Government, Non-Government Organisations (NGO’s)

Foster Care / Alternative care & Family reunification Support

Aimed at: children in need of temporary safe care.

Description: Children have long been accepted as the most vulnerable members of society. The frightening increase of physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children has resulted in the implementation of stringent Government Policies to ensure the rights and protection of children. CMR-PE places great emphasis on the preservation of the family, and provides supportive and preventative services to the communities in which they operate. However, in some instances prevention is unsuccessful and, as a last resort, statutory intervention is necessary. These services focus on the best interest of children. The Statutory process is intense and lengthy, requiring many hours of investigation, report-preparation, court appearances and on-going monitoring of the child involved. All procedures are governed by stringent rules and regulations as prescribed in the Children’s Act 38/2005.

Services include: court related / court ordered services. Through this intervention, CMR aims to protect children and families in the least restrictive way. This includes risk assessment alternative temporary placement of children in need of care and protection, foster care supervision and family reunification services. New referrals from the Children’s Court and requests from the community are increasing drastically.

  1. Placement
    • Temporary safe care
    • Foster Care
    • Child & Youth Care Centres
  2. Supervision & Monitoring
    • Supervision and support services to foster children, foster parents and children placed in Child and Youth Care centers.
    • Holiday supervision of children who visit parents / families
    • Family reunification services to biological parents
  3. Investigations |Interviews
    • Interviews of Foster parents
    • Interviews of families for re-uniting of their children
    • Interviews related to court orders and proceedings
    • Investigations of children at risk – Children’s Court referrals- in-depth review of child’s circumstances
  1. Download: Foster Care information Pamphlet PDF
  2. View: https://christianfostercaresa.wordpress.com/

Adoption Support

Aimed at: children in need of permanent placement.

Description: Adoption is a legal process involving many stakeholders and role players – accredited social workers, presiding officers, social workers in private practice accredited to do adoptions and other professionals including Government Departments. Adoptions are facilitated through the Children’s Court by an adoption social worker and the presiding officer. Strict legal procedures terminate the parental responsibilities and rights of biological parents in respect of a child by giving permission for the adoption of a child to take place. These responsibilities and rights are invested in another person/s namely the adoptive parent/s.

Services include:

  • Statutory investigations & reports
  • Pre-Adoption & Adoption facilitation
  • Tracing of biological parents| Facilitation of adults meeting biological parents
  • Reports
  • Assistance of adoptees to trace biological parents once they turned 18 years of age
  1. Download: A letter of gratitude PDF

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