Year Published: 2017

Authors: Lucy Jamieson, Winnie Sambu, Shanaaz Mathews

Publisher: Children's Institute

Suggested Citation: Jamieson L, Sambu W & Mathews S (2017) Out of harm's way? Tracking child abuse cases through the child protection system in five selected sites in South Africa. Cape Town: Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town.


This study aims to document how the child protection system processes reported cases of child abuse, and make recommendations about how child protection services could be strengthened, to reduce the risk of trauma to children and breaking the inter-generational cycle of violence. In particular the study generates recommendations for the specific improvement of child protection services within the local setting. The findings were shared with all stakeholders in the provinces to stimulate inter-agency cooperation.