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Children's Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005)


General Regulations Regarding Children, 2010

Chapter 6 : Child Protection System (Sections 104-110 and 142(a)-(f) of the Act)

36. Criteria for determining suitable persons to investigate child abuse or neglect


A person is suitable to conduct investigations into cases of alleged child abuse or neglect as contemplated in section 142(d) of the Act if such person—

(a) is a registered social worker in terms of the Social Service Professions Act, 1978, and is employed—
(i) by the Department or a provincial department of social development; or
(ii) by a designated child protection organisation;
(b) has sufficient experience in the field of child protection or is working under the supervision of a person who has at least five years experience in child protection;
(c) has not been found unsuitable to work with children and has no previous convictions relating to child abuse;
(d) upholds the rights of the child and children's best interests; and
(e) is able to work in a multi-disciplinary team with the objective of securing the best protection plan based on a child's developmental needs.