n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - An impact evaluation of the restructuring of the South African Police Services Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences units : the case of the West Rand FCS Unit

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The restructuring of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit during 2006 had been a contentious topic of debate among the South African non-governmental sphere and prosecutors who deal with FCS-related matters and also among members of this unit. This process caused widespread concern among internal and external stakeholders. This research aimed to identify and describe the impact of the restructuring process on this unit's functions to assess the internal and external climate on service delivery. After the re-introduction of this unit to its former structure in 2010 the impact the 2006 restructuring process had on the unit's functions was of importance. This article is a report on the impact of the restructuring process on the internal and external climate of service delivery of data, generated from a sample of FCS members, prominent non-governmental organisations and senior public prosecutors The experiences of the selected sample was probed by means of individual interviews and focus group interviews, using a semi-structured interview schedule, to promote knowledge and understanding of the restructuring process through impact evaluation. From the results of this research, it appeared that the restructuring of this unit had been unsuccessful, since this process had a detrimental effect on the service delivery of the unit as well as on the client system it served. This study was conducted in 2007/08 and was restricted to the West Rand policing area in Gauteng. This study concluded that the restructuring of the FCS impacted negatively on the services rendered by this unit.

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