The Department of Social Development is inviting the public to comment on the draft Children’s Third Amendment Bill, which proposes several modifications to the Children’s Act.

The bill proposes to:

  • address inconsistencies within the Children’s Act
  • introduce new definitions
  • remove the common law defence of reasonable chastisement and prohibit corporal punishment in the home
  • regulate the position of unmarried fathers
  • extend the children’s court’s jurisdiction to hear applications for guardianship
  • clarify the conditional registration of partial care facilities
  • include different types of ECD programmes, regulate funding of ECD programmes and other ECD-related amendments
  • address partnerships and funding frameworks for prevention & early intervention services
  • address the care of abandoned and orphaned children living with family (kinship care)
  • make amendments in relation to adoption
  • make amendments in relation to surrogate motherhood

The closing date for written submissions is 7 September 2018. Click here for more information.

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