Law and Your Children

Social Grants

So many of South Africa’s children are being orphaned. This means that many of our children have to carry the burden of looking after their family. Children are even leaving school so that they can find work and get money for their family. Did you know that there is help out there? Children are afforded many rights in the Constitution.

The most important of these are welfare rights, which deal with food, shelter, health care and education. These are parents’ responsibilities until they are no longer able to provide. Then it becomes the government’s responsibility.
Following are some worthwhile outlines of the grants available and how they are obtained.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • The primary care giver must be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee.
  • Both the applicant and the child must reside in South Africa.
  • The applicant must be the primary care giver of the child/ children concerned.
  • The child/children must been born after 31 December 1993.
  • The applicant and spouse must meet the requirements of the means test.
  • Child can not apply for more than six non biological children.
  • Child can not be cared for in state institution.

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Recognising Child Abuse

When a child is abused, be it physically, emotionally or sexually, there are certain physical indicators as well as behavioural signs that are evident. Knowing these could assist a person to notice abuse and therefore deal with it quickly.

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If you would like Legal Help, visit Legal Aid. Legal Aid SA works with Childline South Africa in matters where children’s rights are violated