What led to the development of this course?
This training was developed for healthcare professionals, psychologists, counsellors, therapists, and social workers who work with children and families.
In your practice you will be confronted with lawyers who want something from you – a report, and your opinion. The parents, or a parent may pressure you for a report, or an opinion regarding your involvement with their child or children. Questions related to the rights of a child, the rights of a parent, the children’s status when the parents go through separation or divorce, and what will be in the best interest of the child will be asked.When working with children and families we need to understand children’s rights, the Children’s Act and legalities involved when parents are in dispute.
In 2017, I completed a 1-year diploma at Unisa College of Law in the Fundamental Aspects of Children’s Rights, and came to the conclusion that colleagues who work with children need to have a basic understanding of the Children’s Act and family law, which will enable them to not be afraid to address lawyers and to know what to say and what to do.
The most basic terminology related to the Children’s Act and families will be explained and practical examples will be shared.
We need to create an eagerness to want to understand the Children’s Act, especially sections pertaining to parental responsibilities and rights, and the best interests of the child, in order to ensure that ethical sound decisions are made, without being placed in a compromising position.
Minimum requirements to enroll:
Humanitas Intern with at least 100 hours of practicals completed OR
Registered with a professional body (ie. SACSSP, HPCSA, ASCHP)