n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Removing perpetrators of abuse rather than children : options for social workers

Volume 11, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



In some cases of domestic violence, the removal of a perpetrator of child abuse from the family home is an appropriate option in order to stop the abuse from continuing. When the Children's Act 38 of 2005 and regulations came into force on 1 April 2010 new perpetrator removal provisions became available. This article evaluates the new legislation and compares it with pre-existing law. The focus is on how social workers can make optimal use of the different perpetrator removal remedies in child abuse cases. The situations in which each option can most usefully be applied are explored. The article will highlight the various shortcomings of both the old and new legal provisions which practitioners will need to keep in mind when considering alternatives for protecting abused children.

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