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Residential Care of ChildrenComparative Perspectives$
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Mark E. Courtney and Dorota Iwaniec

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309188.001.0001

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Residential Care in South Africa

Residential Care in South Africa

Changing the Perspective from Social Welfare to Social Development

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Residential care for children in South Africa is one of the aspects of social policy that has been significantly affected by the two most prominent aspects of the country's recent history: the transition from apartheid to a democratic state and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This chapter begins by placing the current situation of residential care into the context of the history of social care provision in South Africa. It then describes the current situation of residential care for children. The final section outlines the future prospects under the new Children's Act for children in need of residential care, with a particular focus on provision for children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Keywords:   child care, child welfare, social services, child services, Children's Act, HIV/AIDS, apartheid

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