Providing protection services to children that are abused and neglected, by removing the child or the perpetrator from the family.
A big part of the social workers daily services consists of court work which includes forensic assessments, court appearances, and the placement of children in alternative care such as foster, cluster foster care, and child and youth care centers.
Early Intervention Services
Awareness and prevention:
Providing the community with information and skills to empower them to enhance their own psycho-social functioning. This is done through awareness workshops, and projects such as Early Childhood Development programs, soup kitchens and various awareness and prevention events.
During awareness workshops social issues like the dangers of substance abuse, violence against children and women and parenting skills, child protection, and HIV, are addressed.
The Following services address risks and needs in the community;
Youth Support and Development
There is a high dropout rate from schools. In the communities of service delivery there is a lack in Life skills training. ACVV Peninsula has various ways of addressing this problem. There are specialized life skill groups, as well as various holiday and other programs throughout the year that gives this target group the much needed skills and development training. There are also various programs addressing drug abuse awareness and sex-education for teenagers. This prevents issues such as school dropouts, drug experimentation and teenage pregnancies, as well as preparing the youth for their future endeavors.
Parenting Skills Workshops
The various social issues in the communities results in parents neglecting and often abusing their children. Skills development became essential to ensure that parents are equipped with the needed knowledge and know how when it comes to raising a child. ACVV Peninsula’s parenting skills workshops focus on teaching parents (both male and female) valuable lessons in childhood development, communication, education and general parenting. This is also a preventative measure to fight child abuse and neglect.
Foster Parent and Foster Child Support Groups
Social workers at ACVV Peninsula have on average a foster care case load of 150 cases per worker. Within foster care children and families deals with adaption issues, financial difficulty and estrangement from biological families and communities of origin. The ACVV Peninsula’s support group offers these foster care parents a safe space where they can express their feelings, address issues and support each other.