Year Published: 2014

Authors: Cathy Chames and Dena Lomofsky

Publisher: Children's Institute, University of Cape Town

Suggested Citation: Chames C & Lomofsky D (2014) Towards effective child protection: Adopting a systems approach. In: Mathews S, Jamieson L, Lake L & Smith C (eds) South African Child Gauge 2014. Cape Town: Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town.


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This essay explores the following questions: What is South Africa’s legal obligation to protect children from violence? What are the key elements of the child protection system? What are the systemic or design challenges and what are the recommendations for strengthening the system?