To link to this article, copy this persistent link:

(May 02, 2008) 41 of 2007, which includes provisions on "partial care of children, early childhood development, prevention and early intervention, foster care, child and youth care centers, protection of children, children in alternative care, and creates new offences relating to children." (Children's Amendment Act, 513:30884 GOVERNMENT GAZETTE: REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA (Mar. 18, 2008), available at (official source).) UNICEF country representative Macharia Kamau called the law, which amends the Children's Act of 2005, "a comprehensive piece of legislation that is line with provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child."

Although the Act has received positive reviews, there is some concern about its implementation. Kamau expressed particular concern regarding funding for the programs that the Act envisages. She blamed the current ineffectiveness of programs designed to deliver services to children on "poor inter-sectoral cooperation and inefficiencies" and urged the appropriate ministries to cooperate more with one another. (UNICEF Heralds New Children's Protection Laws in South Africa, AFP, Apr. 10, 2008, Open Source Center No. AFP20080411543006.)

Author: Hanibal Goitom More by this author
Topic: Children More on this topic
Jurisdiction: South Africa More about this jurisdiction

Search Legal News
Find legal news by topic, country, keyword, date, or author.

Global Legal Monitor RSS
Get the Global Legal Monitor delivered to your inbox. Sign up for RSS service.

The Global Legal Monitor is an online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide. It is updated frequently and draws on information from the Global Legal Information Network, official national legal publications, and reliable press sources. You can find previous news by searching the GLM.

Last updated: 05/02/2008