our programmes

1. Residential Facility
Cape Town Multi Service Centre is registered with the Department of Social Development as a Child and Youth Care Facility for boys between the ages of 10 to 18 years who are in need of care and protection services. The facility serves as an emergency placement for the interim or until the Children’s Court inquiry can be finalized. Once the outside Social Worker has explored and assessed all the options available to the child within the community, he/she would open a Children’s Court Inquiry and recommend that the child be referred to a place of safety pending finaliation of placement.

During finalizing the process of placement, the matter is referred to the Social Work Agency in the child’s community. This agency should then render re-unification services to the child and his family. Cape Town Multi Service Centre works with the agency to ensure a sustainable outcome for the child. In more than 90 per cent of cases, the child that the organisation engages with has a bad scholastic background owing to anti-social behaviour in the school setting, lack of school attendance, dysfunctional homes, etc. . Children are faced with emotional challenges due to low self worth, low self esteem and lack of motivation in a challenging environment. Our aim is to reintegrate the child into the community and into an educational structure to improve on his current circumstances. Children participate in various programmes at the children’s home to ensure that they develop the ability to function in a healthy environment.

1.1 Group Work
The Social Worker facilitates groups with children. The objective of this technique is to allow the child to reflect on his experiences. Children are able to empathize with one another’s pain and so find coping skills in creating positive outcomes. In this environment, the child has an opportunity to talk about hurt and pain and understand what happened in the past. The children collectively look at the various possibilities that the world has to offer and thus develops the ability to take responsibility for change.
In essence, children learn from one another in a safe and controlled environment, as experienced during participatory group work.

1.2 Education
It is compulsory for every boy who is referred to our organisation to be placed in an educational structure. If their age allows it the children are placed at a mainstream school. If they cannot attend mainstream schools, they will be placed in an Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) school.

1.3 Residential Life Skills Programme
These projects are instrumental to the children’s personal development. Projects vary from life skills, individual counselling and an adherence to responsibility for basic chores. Experiential learning consists of arts and crafts activities, sporting trips, as well as camps and outings. Referrals to access specialized services are also made.

2. Prevention and Early Intervention Services

2.1 Clarke Estate/Netreg/Kalksteenfontein Community Contact Offices

The organisation identified that most of the children we interact with originate from the communities of Clarke Estate, Kalksteenfontein and Netreg. With the launching of three pilot offices we envisaged to make services available and accessible with the help of the relevant community. Preventative and support services is rendered to the school community in respect of social challenges. Consequently we engage in intense networking with educators, caregivers and other community based organisations.

2.2 Holiday Programmes

The team engages in school holiday programmes in each area for children at risk, where more than 180 children attend daily. The children participate in group activities designed for their respective ages. Stakeholders have the opportunity to address the children, such as the South African Police Services, the Department of Health, heroes in the community, the Department of Sport and Recreation, Woodstock and Salt River Improvement Districts, etc.

2.3 Life Skills in Communities

We offer weekly life skills programmes at local primary schools, inclusive of anger management, self-awareness and avoidance of risky behavior to prevent children at risk from ending up living on the street.

2.4 Parenting Skills Programme

We offer this programme to reach and engage with the parents of children that are participating in our programmes.

2.5 Referrals

We refer children and parents from the communities we work in, who are in need of statutory intervention to designated child protection organizations such as BADISA, ACVV,and the Department of Social Development and Child Welfare.

3. Social Work Intervention

This programme is aligned with the ethics of the Social Work Profession and encompasses the developmental and holistic objectives of the organisation.

4. Play Schools

We have started two playschools, Vrolike Groepe Play School in Clarke Estate and Kabouter Drome Play School in Netreg. We offer a free early childhood development programme for 70 children whose parents cannot afford to pay crèche fees. The children are additionally provided with two meals a day (in some cases this will be the only food these 4/5 year old children will have for the day). The play schools operate five days a week from 08h30 to 12h30.

Prevention Work:

Saltriver, Woodstock, Kalksteefontein, Netreg and Clarke Estate:

  • Host information programmes regarding the Childcare Act for families and children with risky bahaviours
  • Weekly Life skills programmes inclusive of anger management, self-awareness and risky behaviour to prevent children at risk to land on the streets

5. Urban income generating projects
The senior group of Netreg has made scatter pillows with off cut material and sold it.

6. Social Work intervention
This programme is aligned with the ethics of the social work profession and encompasses the holistic objective of the organisation.