PROGRAMME 2: SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES

 

A number of four (4) sub-programmes reside within Programme 2:

1. Services to Older Persons

2. Services to Persons with Disabilities

3. HIV and AIDS

4. Social Relief of Distress

 

These programmes address the special needs within communities.

 

SUB-PROGRAMME: SERVICES TO OLDER PERSONS

 

Purpose of the Programme:

The purpose of the Programme is to create a caring and integrated system of social development services that facilitates human development and an improvement in the quality of life for older persons.

 

Strategic Goal

Care and protection of older persons with the shift from institutional care to community-based care and support services, with the aim to enable them to stay within the community and to contribute to society for as long as possible.

 

Strategic Objective

Caring for frail older persons and promote active ageing amongst older persons.

 

Sub-programme Description

Design and implement integrated services for the care, support and protection of older persons.

 

This sub-programme focus on caring for frail older persons with residential facilities (24) whilst increasing accessibility of community-based services to older persons. These community-based services include services at community bases service centres, Golden Games, Active ageing programmes, counseling services with the renewed focus for the next five years on Alzheimer’s and Abuse of older persons through the establishment of support groups by Alzheimer’s South Africa.

 

The targets set for caring for frail older persons considered the number of older persons (frail), 60+ residing in a facility each month. The target for community-based services is informed by the different categories of services provided to older person’s e.g.  Golden Games, Alzheimer’s, Counseling, the demographic trends of Alzheimer’s, Abuse of older persons and baseline data.

 

Community based services are resources with transfer budget (post funding Alzheimer’s South Africa, Age-in-Action, monthly subsidy community-based service centres) and Goods and Services budget (funding of Golden Games Programme, Centenary anniversaries for older persons and monitoring of services, service delivery audits at organizations).

 

SUB-PROGRAMME: SERVICES TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

 

Purpose of the Programme:

The purpose of the program is to render holistic integrated services to the most vulnerable groups in society through a basket services i.e. Therapeutic and developmental programs, rehabilitation, advocacy and care and protection programs.

 

Strategic Goal

To protect and promote the rights of people with disabilities.

 

Strategic Objective

Mainstreaming of social development services to people with disabilities.

 

Sub-programme Description

Design and implement integrated programmes and provide services that facilitate the promotion of the well-being and the socio-economic empowerment of persons with disabilities.

 

The main purpose of the sub- programme is to institutionalize service at residential care facilities and prioritise workshops to meet the service needs of people with disabilities. The mainstreaming of service to people with disabilities through advocacy, awareness, training of parents and caregivers with a focus on albinism, parenting skills, autism.

 

The mainstreaming of services to people with disabilities is planned throughout the financial year to mobilize people with disabilities to access services provided by the Department and the NGO’s. The financial resource allocation is provided from the transfer budget (Non-profit Organisations, residential care facilities and protective workshops), whilst awareness, advocacy monitoring of services is funded through the Goods and services budget.

 

SUB-PROGRAMME: HIV & AIDS

 

Purpose of the Programme:

To fund projects aimed to reduce vulnerability caused by psychosocial aspects related to HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support as these affect groupings such as orphans, vulnerable children, persons living with HIV and AIDS, older persons, youth and people living with disabilities

 

Strategic Goal

To reduce the incidence and minimize the psycho-social impact of HIV/AIDS.

 

Strategic Objective

Prevention, intervention and support services to affected and vulnerable groupings.

 

Sub-programme Description

Design and implement integrated community-based care programmes and services aimed at mitigating the social impact of HIV and AIDS.

 

The main source of the provision of psychosocial services to people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS is Home-& Community-Based Caregivers. The provision of psychosocial services is defined by the norms and standards for services by Home-& Community-Based Caregivers, including referrals, support groups, after care services and prevention programmes for youth-National Youth HIV and AIDS Prevention Strategy.

 

The caregivers as outlined in the indicators target vulnerable households, orphans and vulnerable children, older persons and youth.

 

As part of institutionalizing support groups within communities as required is Outcome 13, Home-& Community-Based Caregivers focus on the R0 income families (2889 families) and the broader vulnerable households within communities. With a target of 15 households per support group the target therefore reflects the same- non-accumulative for each quarter as support groups is a long- term intervention towards sustainability.

 

The allocation of financial resources for service delivery focus on the payment of stipends per caregiver (transfer budget), the provision of training of caregivers enabling them to provide the service, the purchasing of working tools for support groups, after care service and prevention programmes, and monitoring and evaluation of service (Goods and Services budget).

 

SUB-PROGRAMME: SOCIAL RELIEF

 

Purpose of the Programme:

To provide social relief of distress to vulnerable individuals who have no income, are experiencing undue hardship and those affected by natural and unnatural disasters and are unable to meet their basic needs.

 

Strategic Goal

Meeting the basic needs of individuals who are experiencing difficulties (hardship) and those affected by disasters.

 

Strategic Objective

The provision of a safety net for individuals in distress.

 

Sub-programme Description

To respond to emergency needs identified in communities affected by disasters and not declared, and or any other social condition resulting in undue hardship.

 

This sub-programme provides the following services to the individuals in distress:

1. Food parcels

2. Winter relief

3. Special Programmes- nappies, school uniforms

4. Basic needs during a disaster

 

The target for the sub-programme considered the provision of the service to R0 income families, war on poverty wards, children living and working on the street, the homeless.

 

The budget allocation is proportionally shared between the Provincial Office, the five District Offices given the demographic trends of the range of vulnerable groups. The transfer budget funds this particular service.

 

PROGRAMME 3: CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

 

The service delivery output for Programme 3 is driven by five sub-programmes namely:

1. Care and Services to Families

2. Child Care and Protection

3. Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Partial care

4. Child & Youth Care Centres

5. Community–based Care Services for Children

 

The care and support services to families programme constitute a range of family preservation services and programmes- social work interventions (Policy: Services to Families) whilst the Child care and Protection Programme which is statutory of native (Children Act no 38 of 2005) and Early Childhood Development forms the core mandate of the Department).   

 

SUB-PROGRAMME: CARE AND SERVICES TO FAMILIES

 

Purpose of the Programme:

The program aims to provide a comprehensive, coordinated and integrated approach to social service delivery to families in order to enhance independent, resilient and socially cohesive families.

 

Strategic Goal

Provision of family preservation services to promote functional and healthy families  

 

Strategic Objective

Provision of family preservation services to promote healthy families  

 

Sub-programme Description

Programmes and services to promote functional families and to prevent vulnerability in families.

 

The provision of services is provided by social workers- social work interventions, counselling, and marriage counselling, family group conferences whilst information, education and communication programmes are provided by social workers. The family preservation services and programmes rendered by the Department is complemented by FAMSA. The number of families who are provided with a service are calculated per social worker providing four family preservation programmes to 15 families per programme per quarter. The social auxiliary workers provide two information and education programmes with 10 families each per quarter per auxiliary worker.

 

Family preservation services and reunification services are calculated as a therapeutic service rendered over a period of time to a family. The funding allocated as per the Goods & Services budget compensate for the family preservation programmes, parental skills programmes, information and education sessions, and monitoring of services. The transfer budget is allocated for post funding to FAMSA.

 

SUB-PROGRAMME: CHILD CARE AND PROTECTION SERVICES

 

Purpose of the Programme:

The purpose of the sub - programme is to ensure care and protection of children 

 

Strategic Goal

Cared for and protected children

 

Strategic Objective

To provide Child Care and Protection services in terms of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005.  

 

Sub-programme Description

Design and implement integrated programmes and services that provide for the development, care and protection of the rights of children.

 

The compliance to the Children’s Act no 38 of 2005 is performed by social workers and social auxiliary workers as a support service with trained volunteers providing community-based child protection services. Children in need of care and protection i.e. children who have been abused, child headed households, children in Child & Youth Care Centres, children placed in temporary safe care, children living and working on the street.

 

The services include therapeutic services and programmes, statutory services information and education programmes and support services. The targets for the sub- programme is determined by new foster care placements, receive, ten children per quarter per therapeutic programme per social worker within the Department, NGO, Child & Youth Care Centre.

 

The information and education sessions are calculated as ten children per session per social auxiliary worker, per volunteer per quarter.

 

The budget allocation reflects post funding for the non- profit organisation, payment of stipend to volunteers, - Isibindi, Isolabantwana Neighbour helping Neighbour (transfer budget).

 

The Goods & Services allocation caters for working tools for therapeutic services and programmes, children placed in temporary safe care and monitoring of service.

 

SUB-PROGRAMME:  EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND PARTIAL CARE

 

Purpose of the Programme

The purpose of the programme is to create a safe and conducive learning environment for children to develop holistically and to achieve their full potential as prescribed by the Children’s Act 38 of 2005.

 

Strategic Goal

Cared for and protected children.

 

Strategic Objective

To register and monitor a range of quality, developmentally appropriate ECD services that promote the holistic development of children.

 

Sub-programme Description

Design and implement integrated programmes and services that provide for the development, care and protection of the rights of children.

 

Children in the age cohort 0-5 years accessing centre based registered centre and funded ECD services according to the norms and standards as prescribed in the Children’s Act, to stimulate their development. This service is provided by the practitioners appointed by the management committee of the ECD- NPO’s per claim form for children accessing per month (transfer budget).

 

SUB PROGRAMME: CHILD & YOUTH CARE CENTRES

 

Purpose of the Programme:

The purpose of the sub-programme is to ensure care and protection of children

 

Strategic Goal

Cared for and protected children

 

Strategic Objective

To provide child care and protection services in terms of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005.  

 

Sub-programme Description

Design and implement integrated programmes and services that provide for the development, care and protection of the rights of children.

 

A Child & Youth Care Center is a facility for the provision of residential care to more than 6 children outside the child's family environment in accordance with a residential care programme suited for children in the facility. The Child & Youth Care Centers must include a therapeutic program aimed at addressing the specific needs of the child.

 

The MEC must provide funding for child and youth care centers in the Province. These facilities must be registered and comply with the national norms and standards according to section 194 of the Children's Act No. 38 of 2005.

 

There are currently 12 Child & Youth Care Centers registered and funded in the Northern Cape Province. Funding is allocated to meet the physical needs of the children as well as subsidies for the salaries of social workers rendering therapeutic programmes.

 

SUB PROGRAMME: COMMUNITY-BASED CARE SERVICES FOR CHILDREN

 

Purpose of the Programme:

To fund organizations aimed to reduce vulnerability caused by psychosocial aspects related to HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment, care, support and other social ills, as these affect groupings such as orphans, vulnerable children, families living with HIV and AIDS, youth and people living with disabilities.

 

Strategic Goal

To reduce the incidence and minimize the psycho-social impact of HIV/AIDS and other social ills.  

 

Strategic Objective

Prevention, intervention and support services to children infected and affected and other vulnerable groupings.

 

Sub-programme Description

Design and implement integrated community-based care programmes and services aimed at mitigating the social impact of HIV and AIDS and other Social ills.

 

The Isibindi model is a community based programme in which trained Child and Youth Care Workers render services to orphans and vulnerable Children, Youth and Households affected and infected by HIV/AIDS to ensure the protection of the constitutional rights of the children. The provision of services to OVC`s through the recruitment and training of Child and Youth Care Workers is in support of the priorities and outcomes of government with regard to job creation and the provision of a capable workforce. The National Association of Child and Youth Care Workers (NACCW) is the owner of the model and is implemented in partnership with the Department of Social Development (who provide funding) and local implementing partners (NGO’s-who employ the Child and Youth Care Workers and manage the running costs of the programme).

 

The Department in collaboration with NACCW and Implementing partners are implementing the Isibindi Programme since 2004 in the Northern Cape Province. Currently the Department funds 15 Isibindi Programmes in the Province.

 

PROGRAMME 4: RESTORATIVE SERVICES

 

Restorative services are inclusive of

1.  Crime Prevention

2.  Victim Empowerment

3.  Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse.

 

These three sub-programmes are legislated, statutory of nature, whilst a specialized service to families. The emphasis is on integrated work with Departments, Municipalities, NGO’s and business. This follows the implementation of the Provincial Integrated Strategy on Substance Abuse, Crime Prevention and Victim Empowerment. The provision and access to a range of integrated services per municipality per identified hotspot, per VEP service site and per municipality.  

 

SUB-PROGRAMME:  CRIME PREVENTION AND SUPPORT

 

Purpose of the Programme:

The purpose of this programme is to facilitate social integration, protect and develop vulnerable groups through the development and implementation of social crime prevention and support services in terms of the Probation Services Act, Act 116 of 1991 as amended 35 of 2002 and the Child Justice Act (75 of 2008) to ensure an inclusive and responsive social protection system

 

Strategic Goal

The provision of social crime prevention, intervention and support services to ensure an inclusive and responsive social protection system.

 

Strategic Objective

To develop and implement social crime prevention, early intervention, statutory services and programmes.

 

Sub-programme Description

Develop and implement social crime prevention programmes and provide probation services targeting children, youth and adult offenders and victims in the criminal justice process.

 

The specialized service delivery output can be divided into two categories:

1. Secure Care Centres- two state owned, two private accommodating sentenced children in conflict with the law and children awaiting trial.

2. Therapeutic services and programmes to children in conflict with the law. The target is calculated per capacity of secure care centres per month per quarter.

 

The budget allocation makes provision for the capacity of secure care centres per month per quarter inclusive of outsourced services such as catering. The purchasing of working tools for the therapeutic services and programmes monitoring of services are all inclusive through the Goods & Services budget.

 

 

SUB-PROGRAMME: VICTIM EMPOWERMENT

 

Purpose of the Programme:

To facilitate the establishment and integration of inter–sectoral programmes and policies to prevent victimization, and support, protect and empower the victims of crime and violence with special focus on the vulnerable groups especially women and children.

 

Strategic Goal

To reduce the risk of sexual and physical violence against women and children (Gender Based Violence)

 

Strategic Objective

To facilitate social integration, protection and develop vulnerable groups through developmental and implementation of victim empowerment programmes in terms of the Integrated Victim Empowerment Policy.

 

Sub-programme Description

Design and implement integrated programmes and services to support, care and empower victims of violence and crime in particular women and children.

 

Service to victims of human trafficking and gender- based violence include:

1. Expansion of a range of services at shelters for victims of gender- based violence

2. Provision and access of social services to victims of violence through the court support model

3. Provision of specialist services for human trafficking at the VEP service site- Bopanang

 

The target is determined by the capacity per month per shelter. The provision and access of social services to victims of violence is determined by the capacity of the centres to provide a long- term therapeutic service to victims.

 

The budget allocation considers post funding at shelters, payment of stipends to volunteers (transfer budget), information and education sessions, Bopanang Victim Empowerment service site, inclusive of outsourced services and monitoring of services.

 

SUB-PROGRAMME: SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION & REHABILITATION

 

Purpose of the Programme:

The program is aimed at reducing substance abuse in the Province through the following:

§ Substance abuse prevention services,

§ Treatment and aftercare services to persons with substance abuse problems (including facilitation of admission of persons to in-patient treatment centre) and those affected by substance abuse,

§ Capacity building through training and funding of service providers in and outside the Department to render quality prevention and treatment services and

§ Networking with other sectors to render integrated services

 

Strategic Goal

Prevention and treatment of substance abuse.

 

Strategic Objective

To provide effective and efficient prevention, treatment and aftercare services.

 

Sub-programme Description

Design and implement integrated services for substance abuse: prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

 

The comprehensive service package of substance abuse service to service users are:

1. Prevention programmes with a focus on the various substances and FASD to children younger than 18 years, people (18 and above) participate in the prevention programmes, - Holiday programmes, Ke-Moja, information and education sessions.

2. In-patient treatment services   within the and outside of the Province.

3. Community based treatment and after care services are provided to service users by social workers within the Department, complemented by SANCA.

 

The targets for prevention programmes, in- patient treatment services and out-patient (community-based treatment) and after care services are influenced by demographic trends such as FASD and baseline data as well as capacity and duration of a treatment programme.

 

The budget allocation makes provision for post funding at SANCA payment of stipends to volunteers, referral of statutory cases for treatment outside the Province, working tools for community-based treatment and after care services and monitoring of services (Goods & Services budget).