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What do we do?

The provincial management is responsible for planning, co-ordinating and facilitating the establishment and running of youth care centres in the Free State for children in need of care or allegedly in need of care, in co-operation with the Department of Social Development, congregations and communities, in such a way that the programme is cost-effective, non-discriminatory and integrated. The objective is to render an acceptable service to as many children as possible.

The personnel of Provincial Management exercise overall professional, administrative and financial management and control. The personnel ensure that the various guide-lines which are used by employees and volunteers are detailed and of a high standard. New developments are noted and recent legal acts and government policy are respected.

Although each youth care centre has its own unique character, a basic standard care and development programme is followed by all, in order to ensure that the minimum standards are complied with. Developmental strategies are followed, which mean that the personnel focus on the strong points and potential of the children.

Basic care-, educational-, developmental- and treatment programmes

  • All children receive proper food according to an approved menu. As the children grow older they also attain the skills to prepare the food themselves.

  • Children are properly clothed according to guidelines, in order to ensure that they have sufficient and acceptable clothing. Children receive used as well as new clothing. They are taught to care for their clothes themselves and to dress with taste.

  • Physical and medical care is supplied. It starts with teaching the child personal care and hygiene. There are children in the system who are terminally ill from HIV/Aids or are disabled and therefore need daily care and attention.

  • The residents of the centres are stimulated and encouraged to take part in healthy relaxation, sport, handicrafts, and hobbies.

  • Children are safeguarded and also empowered to look after their own safety as far as possible. Children are informed as to personal boundaries and the prevention of sexual transgression. They know their rights and have a complaint procedure which may be followed.

  • Christian values and norms are followed. Children become involved in a local church denomination of their own choice. Endless trouble is taken to lead the children to belief certainty.

  • All school-going children attend school. The children are encouraged to develop their full potential. There are children who go on to tertiary education, and these are supported and assisted by the managements. Our children receive care, education and the opportunity to develop their full potential. We believe that every child should experience the feeling of “I belong” and “I can”. The emotional security enables the child to bond and to grow.

  • All children also receive treatment as required – physical, social, psychological, physiological and specialist. This treatment is given individually as well as in groups. A multi-professional team does the assessment and then works out a programme in conjunction with the child.

  • All centres also offer services to the children in the community. This is especially the case where no other resources are available:

    • safeguarding if the child’s home circumstances are risky;
    • feeding;
    • development – sport, social and religious programmes;
    • aid for continuing scholastic education;
    • referral to other services in the community e.g. health services.
  • We believe that we must utilise the time, talents and resources that are available to us today to aid the children that cross our path, to the very best of our ability.

A tourist walking along a Mexican beach at sunset saw a man who was picking up starfish that had been stranded on the sand and, one at a time, he was throwing them back into the water. He was asked what he was trying to do.

“It is low tide,” answered the man, “and all of these starfish have been washed up onto the sand. If I don’t throw them back into the sea, they will die.”

“But there are thousands of starfish on this beach, and on all the beaches of the world” said the tourist. “There are simply too many. Can’t you see you can’t possibly make any difference?”

The local man smiled, bent down and picked up yet another starfish, and as he threw it back into the safety of the sea, he replied: “Made a difference to that one!”