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Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA) is an umbrella body that represents more than 263 member organizations and outreach projects in communities throughout South Africa. Together with its member organizations, forms the largest non-profit, non-governmental organization in the country in the fields of child protection and child care and family development.
The life story of CWSA begins in 1924, when child welfare societies in existence at that time constituted a national structure that coordinated their services, set standards, instituted policies, provided support and met the call of communities for services to children in parts of South Africa.
Today, Child Welfare South Africa has an infrastructure consisting of a national coordinating body, 263 member organisations and outreach projects in un-serviced and under-serviced communities, and is the largest non-profit, non-governmental and volunteer driven organization in the country providing child protection services.
Milestones in the recent history of CWSA include:
- In 1998 the General Assembly of CWSA decided Child Welfare would embark on a transformation and restructuring process to meet the needs of South Africa’s new democracy. By 2004, this resulted in Child Welfare shifting its consumer focus predominantly to Black people, followed by Coloured, White and Indian people. Our focus remains the same today.
- Between 2002 and 2003, the introduction of two nationally coordinated CWSA programmes to challenge child abuse and the effects of HIV and AIDS on children and to increase the number of children receiving a child welfare service. The two programmes, Isolabantwana and Asibavikele, are highly successful, have the financial support of international sponsors, operate under the umbrella of CWSA member organizations and add to the global number of children reached.
- In 2004, after a five year extensive restructuring and consultation process, the then named South African National Council for Child and Family Welfare re-branded its organization. The name changed to Child Welfare South Africa, and a new logo was designed depicting our care for children in our country. We also increased our membership options and approved strategies to bring Child Welfare into an era of closer cooperation, unity, improved efficiency and effectiveness in service.As a national structure, CWSA maintains a highly visible national and provincial presence, with provincial offices in all provinces and professional staff who guide and support member organizations delivering services to children and families on the ground. As an established organization with years of institutional expertise, the CWSA collectively provides services to more than two million children, families and caregivers annually.
Visit their website http://www.childwelfaresa.org.za/ for more information.