Child protection is the core work of the Social Work Project at VDP. It was initiated with the support of the Department of Social Development to tackle issues of child abuse and neglect in both Ocean View and Masiphumelele
Cases dealt with are varied, and include counselling with families, children’s court investigations, foster care placements and supervision, behavioural issues, parenting plan mediations, and counselling with regards to substance abuse.
The statutory work of removing abused and neglected children through the childrens court, increases at an alarmingly high rate. The Social Work Team are supported and guided by the magistrate of the childrens court in Simonstown, Mr Cornelius. We receive the support and co-operation of all the schools in Ocean View and Masiphumelele, as well as the clinics, False Bay hospital and Victoria Hospital. When requested the backup of SAPS in Ocean View is also provided.
The Eye on the Child Project: which forms part of the Social Work Programme, utilises trained volunteers who oversee the care of vulnerable children who are also fed daily through the Open Door’s Community Development Programme. Over the years the project which is situated within the community has grown to meet the requirements and needs of the community.