To provide integrated Substance abuse prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services to 33 151 service recipients by 2013
Key policy Development (s) and legislative changes
The Department has drafted Integrated Provincial Substance Abuse Strategy to combat substance abuse in the province.
The National Norms and Standards for Out-patient Treatment Centres have been approved by the National Minister and they are being piloted at two sites in Gauteng Province. The two pilot sites are SANCA Eastern Gauteng and SANCA Vaal Triangle.
The National Department of Social development has handed over the delegations of the Prevention and Treatment of Drug Dependency Act 20 of 1992 to the province.
Development of policy on the treatment of girls and women (in process)
The Department of Health and Social Development is the lead Department in provision of substance abuse prevention and treatment services. The Department has noted an increase in substance abuse in the province. In response to this challenge, the Department has developed an integrated substance abuse strategy that will improve effectiveness of service delivery and reduce the incidence of substance abuse.
The Department has 1 state treatment centre and fund 6 NPO inpatient treatment centres and 25 NPO Out-patient treatment centres. The funded treatment centres renders prevention, treatment and after care and reintegration services. The Department has funded three new NPOs during the period under review
The Department is maintaining a Provincial Substance abuse forum and 23 Local Drug Action Committees.
The Department has dedicated personnel (Probation Officers and Assistant Probation Officer) to render services
The Department has continued to assess all children referred by the SAPS and Courts.
Provision of Diversion and home based supervision for all children who meet the criteria.
Provision of secure care services to children in conflict with the law (2 state run and 1 outsourced). The Department is currently completing the construction of a new secure care facility in Soshanguve which is due to be completed in 2011/12 financial year
The decline in the number of children arrested impacted on children assessed, referred to secure care centres and also the number referred to diversion programmes
The evaluation for criminal capacity for children between the ages of 10-14 is a challenge as there are few psychiatrists and psychologists available to provide this service. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development is negotiating with the Department of Health and Social Development to address this.
Finalization of the Accreditation process within stipulated timeframe: number of applications received.
Children are the future of any society in the world, and should therefore be treated with the highest level of care and protection and their development should form the cornerstone of each and every society. However children’s rights continue to be trampled upon across societies. In South Africa, according to the Midyear Population Estimates, there is an estimated 15.3 million children aged 0-14 and about 2 million of them live in the Gauteng province.
In this province, children continue to face a number of challenges, all caused and exacerbated by the socio economic conditions they find themselves in.
The first and most critical challenge facing children is Child Poverty, it is well established that conditions associated with poverty have the most powerful and pervasive impact on the broadest range of negative child outcomes. Despite other influences, as poverty conditions increase, the risks of prenatal development, neo natal and child health, child care, exposure to accidents and violence, poor educational preparation all increase. This, an indication that poverty at an early age may be more damaging than when it occurs later, particularly where health and educational outcomes are concerned
The Department is mandated to provide services to all vulnerable groups of society, the poorest of the poor and critically amongst others women, youth and children.
The nature and content of these services are conceptualised in the White Paper for Social Welfare and the Integrated Service Delivery Model.
The delivery of these services in highly populated province such as Gauteng presents a significant challenge for the Department ,since high levels of people migrating into the province contributes to an increase in the demand for various services the department renders. According to the Community Survey released in October 2007, Gauteng Province experienced a 13,9 % population growth from the 9.58 million counted in 2001 to 10.3 million counted in 2007, higher than the average rate of growth for the entire South African population. The Mid Year Provincial Estimates, published by Statistics SA, projects that the population of Gauteng might increase to 10.7 million at the end of 2011.
The resultant social factors contributes to an increase in the demand for services rendered by the Department. As a result of these conditions an increase in the need for social services is experienced across the province.
Whilst children are the future of any society; they should be treated with the highest level of care and protection. Their development should form the cornerstone of each and every community.
According to the Mid -year Population Estimates, there is an estimated 15.3 million children aged 0-14 yrs in S. A.
Approximately 2 million Children live in the Gauteng province.
The first and most critical challenge facing children is Child Poverty, it is well established that conditions associated with poverty have the most powerful and pervasive impact on the broadest range of negative child outcomes. Despite other influences, as poverty conditions increase, the risks to children increases.
This, an indication that poverty at an early age may be more damaging than when it occurs later, particularly where health and educational outcomes are concerned
In a review study carried out by the Human Sciences Research Council in November 2008, Gauteng Province accounts for 10% of the totality of Child Poverty in the country.
The Gauteng Programme of Action for children promotes the well-being of children and intensified all efforts to make Gauteng : A Province Fit for Children.
Intergovernmental forums were formed by different levels of government in the province and facilitation meetings were held to properly coordinate child care services in the province.
A flagship programme to tackle child poverty , the Bana Pele Programme has been implemented. This programme aimed to ensure that vulnerable children receive a comprehensive package of services from Gauteng Provincial Departments through a single window. The programme was implemented in partnership with Department of Education and so far has benefited more than 1 million children through services such as no school fee policy, school uniform, school nutrition programmes
The Department in the past few years implemented a variety of services for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in partnership with HCBC organisations throughout the province. A total of 215 HCBC organisations were funded at the end of December 2010, to provide services to 105 666 OVCs.
In mitigating the effects of child poverty in the province, the implementation of the Gauteng Programme of Action for children which promotes the wellbeing of children was intensified in an effort to make Gauteng province fit for children. Intergovernmental forums were formed by different levels of government in the province and facilitation meetings were held to properly coordinate child care services in the province. The flagship programme to tackle child poverty known as “Bana Pele” was also implemented. This programme aimed to ensure that vulnerable children receive a comprehensive package of services from Gauteng Provincial Departments through a single window. The programme was implemented in partnership with Department of Education and so far has benefited more than 1 million children through services such as no school fee policy, school uniform, school nutrition programmes
Secondly, an increasing number of children are being orphaned on a yearly basis. In fact the rate in South Africa is particularly high. Orphans are not only traumatised by the loss of their parents, they may also lack the necessary parental guidance through the crucial life stages of identity formation and socialisation into adulthood. The leading cause of an increase in the number of Orphans is HIV and Aids and therefore the increase in the number of infections and deaths related to the scourge could heavily increase the number of orphans. The Department in the past few years implemented a variety of services for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in partnership with HCBC organisations throughout the province. A total of 215 HCBC organisations were funded at the end of December 2010 to provide services to 105 666 OVCs.
The priority is a provision of programmes, services and facilities for the development, care, and protection of the rights of children.
The strategic goal is to provide integrated child care services to 246 310 children by 2013
To develop and monitor the implementation of integrated programmes for children. Monitoring the Implementation of Legislation and Policy
SIGNIFICANT SERVICES & ACHIEVEMENTS:
The drafting, consolidation and strong endeavors toward implementation of legislation and the new Children’s Act 38 /2005 saw the widespread capacity –building of the Act in terms of foster care, Child Protection, CYCC’s (including shelters), ECD and Partial Care reaching departmental staff, NGO’s and Municipalities.
Needs assessment completed in form of joint audit of CYCC’s/ Schools of Industry.
Provincial Child Protection Launch incorporated into the National Event and the launch of the new Children’s Act by the National President and a focus on ECD centres.
The Department is the lead Department for the management and coordination of the VEP.
The management of the Provincial VE forum will be continued and strengthened to ensure integrated service delivery by relevant government departments and NGO’s
The Department is funding 22 shelters for victims of gender based violence and has offered counselling services through the VE sites to victims of crime and gender based violence
The implementation of the EU programme in conjunction with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) VEP coordinator had a major impact for the VEP. The donor funding was managed by the National Department of Social Development and the implementation of the National Outcomes impacted on the provinces as well in particular relating to implementation.
Awareness raising on women’s rights, victims rights and the prevention of gender based violence will be key to all programmes
Launch of the Every Day Heroes Cartoon as branding for VEP
Awareness Raising through the Every Day Heroes Cartoon on the six comics pertaining to: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Child Sexual Abuse, Human Trafficking, Abuse of Older Persons, Abuse of Persons with Disabilities
Women’s Dialogue on Sexual Assault involving all departments within the criminal justice cluster(JCPS)
Launch the Sunnyside One Stop Centre for Victims of Gender based Violence (in collaboration with UNODC)
Launch and implementation of the strategy/ policy on the Engagement of Men and Boys in the eradication of gender based violence
Family counsellors provincial conference
Specific events planned and /or projects for the 2011/12 FY
Take A Girl/Boy Child to work: 26 th May 2011
Women’s Day: 09 th August 2011
Victims rights week: September 2011
Prevention of Trafficking in persons: October 2011 (Welfare month)