Language / Taal: Afrikaans
Target Group Beneficiaries
The communities reached are designated by the Department of Social Development as part of the mutual Service Level Agreement. These communities are poverty stricken and include both urban and rural areas, comprising of the poorest of the poor and vulnerable individuals/ families at risk. These beneficiaries live in deprived communities with lack of service delivery and infrastructure. They are unschooled and unskilled; therefore they do not have easy access to the job market, contributing to some of the typical social issues being addressed by the social workers.
Services and Programmes
Applicable and relevant services are rendered to the poorest of the poor in vulnerable communities. Therefore it is a priority that the services are accessible, affordable and cost-effective.
- Addressing social problems at intake level
- PREVENTION SERVICES
- These services are rendered to vulnerable families, empowering them with the necessary skills and guidance to prevent statutory intervention
- FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES
- Improving parenting skills and providing support (Including pre-and post-statutory placements)
- COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
- Projects aimed at Poverty Alleviation and to create awareness within the communities addressing relevant social topics
- STATUTORY SERVICES
- Intervening when children are in need of care and protection in accordance with relevant legislation (Including supervision and/or re-unification thereafter)
- Social Work offices are situated in various local communities, making it more accessible to community members.
- Applicable and relevant services are rendered to the poorest of the poor in vulnerable communities. Therefore it is a priority that the services are accessible, affordable and cost-effective.
- One central Head Office administration contributes to greater cost-effectiveness.
All satellite offices render the following services depending on the need of the demarcated areas of operation.
- Safeguarding children at risk and statutory intervention
The bulk of the SAVF Pretoria Social Work Office’s services is of statutory nature and free to the public.
** Not all registered social service professionals are mandated to intervene on a statutory level. This implies that, for instance, children at risk who need to be safeguarded and placed in alternative care will be left destitute without the intervention of the mandated service providers, as places of safe care/ children’s homes, foster homes cannot be accessed without the statutory level of intervention. **
- Individual therapeutic intervention /counselling
- Parental Guidance
- Life-skills training
- Grief Counselling
- Marital /relationship counselling
- Poverty alleviation
- Foster Care
- Training workshops for prospective foster parents
- Foster parent and volunteer appreciation
To show appreciation to the volunteers for services rendered and foster parents of the SAVF Soshanguve office, for being dedicated foster parents.
- Child protection program
The Child Protection Week (CPW) is an awareness campaign that was initiated in 1997 to mobilise all sectors and communities towards understanding the perspective of holistic development of children regarding their care and protection. The CPW has become an annual campaign to educate and mobilize communities to put children first. This campaign is led by the Minister of Social Development. The Government believes that protecting children and creating a safe and secure environment is everybody’s responsibility and the SAVF Soshanguve Social Work Services supports this National Campaign. Every year a child protection program is implemented for vulnerable children from the community focussing on their social well-being.
- Annual foster kids fun day
Every year all satellite offices present an annual event for children in foster care as our services focus more pertinently on the foster children. Foster care services are the bulk of our statutory service delivery and children in foster care are more often than not forgotten or left out than a child in a children’s home. Society seems much more aware of the child in a children’s home, discarding the child in foster care because he/she already has a family. The foster family also faces many financial challenges, depriving the child in foster care of any treats or special occasions. The objective of this event is then to treat these children to a fun-filled event, where they can meet other children in similar circumstances, enjoy themselves and learn valuable life-skills.
- Annual Foster Parent Appreciation Day
Every year an event is held to thank all foster parents and volunteers for their valuable contribution and efforts throughout the year
- Community Development and Outreach
Social SAVF Pretoria Work Services provides community development services and outreach separately from 5 satellite offices, namely
A new program was recently implemented which focus on the prevention of teenage pregnancies and equipping teenage parents with the necessary parenting skills to become good parents.
Each satellite office provides a compulsory intake service to the designated community they serve. Community awareness campaigns are also presented in conjunction with nationally celebrated days, for example: child protection day, youth day, etc. Several community development projects are implemented at different satellite offices: