• Sipho Sibanda Pretoria University
  • Antoinette Lombard University of Pretoria


The transition from the Child Care Act 74 of 1983 to the Children’s Act 38 of 2005 has been chaotic. This has been caused by shortcomings in the new legislation; challenges faced by social workers in adapting to it; lack of capacity of the stakeholders in the field; and the shortage of resources to implement it. The Children’s Act 38 of 2005 needs to be amended to address its pre-statutory, statutory and post-statutory shortcomings. Recommendations on addressing these challenges include the establishment of a kinship care grant; amending the Children’s Act; and addressing technical issues on the implementation of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005. 

Author Biographies

Sipho Sibanda, Pretoria University
Postgraduate studentDepartment of Social Work & Criminology
Antoinette Lombard, University of Pretoria
University of PretoriaProfessor Department of Social Work & Criminology


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