Children's Amendment Draft Bill, 2013

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Social Development

The Minister of Social Development intends to introduce the Children's Amendment Bill into Parliament next year.

The Bill amends the Children's Act, 2005, so as to:
▪ insert a definition; to provide that a person convicted of a sexual offence be deemed unsuitable to work with children;
▪ to deem persons convicted of a sexual offence, whether in or outside the Republic, unsuitable to work with children;
▪ to instruct the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service to forward all the particulars of persons deemed unsuitable to work with children to the Director-General;
▪ to instruct the Director-General, to enter such particulars in the National Child Protection Register;
▪ to provide that the removal of a child to a temporary safe care without a court order be placed before the Children's Court for review before the expiry of the next court day;
▪ to provide for the review of decisions to remove a child without a court order.

Interested person are invited to submit substantiated comment or representations on the draft Bill.

Comments can be emailed to Mr. Siyabonga Shozi at by no later than Sunday, 15 December 2013.

Enquiries can be directed to Mr. Siyabonga Shozi on tel (012) 312 7107