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Welcome to the RAPCAN website!
RAPCAN (Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) works to promote the rights and protection of children in South Africa and the region. We are committed to ensuring that the protection (nurturance) and participation (autonomy) rights of children are realised, working within an advocacy framework towards the realisation of a prevention-oriented child protection system, gender equality and child participation. Our work is strengthened by strategic partnerships and the participation of children. We believe in respecting diversity, dignity and the equality of all people, and providing resources to support the testing of professional, high quality, evidence-informed programmes.
1. CHILD PROTECTION/PREVENTION:
To promote primary and secondary prevention in the child protection system
To promote children’s participation rights and to facilitate opportunities for children to influence decisions
To enable children to have insight of how their gender roles place them at risk of harm and to promote a culture of understanding and tolerance in relation to gender and sexual identity.
NEWS... Child Rights NGOs challenge successfully the constitutionality of law that criminalises teenage sex
The Teddy Bear Clinic Laws and Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (RAPCAN) say laws that make consensual sex between teenagers a crime are unconstitutional.
PRESS RELEASE (16 April 2013): Policy, budget for sexual offences in South Africa inadequate
Policy, budget for sexual offences in South Africa inadequate (PDF)
LEARNING BRIEF... Children participating in school governance - an ongoing investigation
LEARNING BRIEF... Corporal Punishment/Positive Discipline Key Messages
Corporal Punishment/Positive Discipline Key Messages (PDF)
PRESS RELEASE (27 Feb 2013): NGOs watch to see if statements condemning violence against women are translated into rands and sense
Shukumisa Campaign Press Release: 27 Feb 2013 (PDF)
NOTICE: Prospective intern applications
PRESS RELEASE... NGOs applaud the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development for their swift response to address the defects in the 2007 Sexual Offences Act and their call for further engagement around the Act (28 May 2012)
Police need to be put in the hot seat on crimes against women and children: Shukumisa Campaign Press Release: 28 March 2011 (PDF)
NEWS... RAPCAN hosts a Round Table discussion on Prevention and Early Intervention: Recommendations for Practice
This round table held on 19-20 April 2012 brought together practitioners across the NGO, Government and academic fields to document lessons learnt and develop recommendations for practice. It was hosted by RAPCAN with support from UWC and DSD Western Cape.
The main objectives were:
• Orientate NGO and state practitioners and officials to the Department of Social Development Western Cape Prevention and Early intervention strategy within the Child Care and Protection programme.
• Introduce local and international practice models.
• To develop practice recommendations in the Western Cape
The presentations (for download in Powerpoint format) included:
Evidence-based approaches to preventing child maltreatment
NEWS... RAPCAN celebrates 20-plus years of promoting children's rights!
The work of RAPCAN was covered in the Mail & Guardian of 20 November 2009 (pages 25-26) and commemorated this special event.
These articles share an overview of our work.
NEWS...Op-ed piece: 'You can't beat violence out of our society' by Carol Bower (IOL Daily News February 8 2012)
For the entire week there has been considerable debate about the proposed banning of physical punishment of children in the home, in the press and on the airwaves.
Many people are questioning government’s right to interfere in their private lives and how they raise their children. Some have expressed fears that the prohibition of corporal punishment will criminalise parents who smack and hit their children in the name of discipline, but who really love their children and are trying to do what they think is best for them. Others are wondering how government can contemplate such a step in our violent society - surely, they reason, we need to increase physical punishment of children to reduce this violence?
NEWS... RAPCAN releases domestic violence study
RAPCAN released its domestic violence study “Service responses to co-victimisation of mother and child: Missed opportunities in the prevention of domestic violence: Experiences from South Africa”. It has been shared with study respondents from Stellenbosch last week and with Cala, Eastern Cape respondents today. An advocacy process/launch for lobbying purposes is also being planned.