The Displaced Unit was established in June 2009 to increase efforts of removing children and homeless people in the streets of Johannesburg.
In 2008 Council approved the Policy on Children Living and Working On The Streets. This policy was informed by the Street Children’s Summit held in November 2007.
In May 2010 Council approved the Policy for The Assistance and Management of People Living and Working in The Street. The policy is meant to supplement the policy on children working and living on the streets as it focuses on both the children and adults.
Provincial Health and Social Development Department,
Stakeholder Management The Unit ensures that there is optimal buy-in, involvement and commitment of all relevant stakeholders (internal departments and external) for an integrated and multi-disciplinary intervention.
Street Begging at intersections some using babies and young children
Alcohol and substance abuse
Commercial sex work
Urinating in public
Sleeping on pavements etc.
Possible Multi Sectoral Interventions Conduct Ward based profiling to understand the extent of the problem and Solutions required. Removal of the people in the hotspots is imminent as the areas have become an eyesore. Reclaim the hotspots by relevant stakeholders constant monitoring of the spots to prevent re-invasion. Provide soft and hard skills to those who are willing to participate. Partnership including surrounding communities and other relevant stakeholders should come up with a sustainable program that will keep the hotspots clean. PLEASE VOLUNTEER YOUR SERVICES/ RESOURCES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Programmes Implemented by the DPU
In – house services – intake, assessments and
Outreach Services – Educational and awareness
Prevention Programmes (targeting Schools and
Early Intervention (include therapeutic intervention)
Family preservation (reunification)
Support Programmes – access to services, opportunities etc.
City of Johannesburg Sanctuaries Wembley Sanctuary 106 Turfontein Road Turfontein (For Children under 18 years) Hospital Hill 52 Klein Street Hillbrow ( For Adults) Night Shelter 3 Kotze Street Opposite Constitutional Hill Hillbrow ( For Adults) Sanctuaries