Based in Parow, BADISA Tygerberg renders services to children and families in need. The office delivers awareness, early intervention, statutory and re-integrations services.
Geographical Areas include:
Community population:According to the 2011 census, the population of the areas of service delivery totals 109 028 people. In 2015 these figures will be 4 years old. The office experiences an extreme influx of asylum seekers, as well as legal and illegal immigrants in the Parow and Parow Valley areas. Many of these children have no identity documents and investigations in terms of Section 150 are demanded by many human rights organisations. According to the minimum norms and standards of the Department of Social Development, one social worker is required for every 10 000 people in the urban areas.
Families in high-risk circumstances:In the areas of Ravensmead, Uitsig, Cravenby, Eureka and Connaught 1 out of 3 families experience multiple problems which poses high risks towards their children. High incidences of drug abuse and gangster violence place children in high-risk circumstances and one social worker for 10 000 people is barely enough to have an impact on child protection.
Access to security grants:SASSA requires increasing investigations in terms of compliance with grant criteria and does not consider grant provision if an official social worker report is not provided. Insufficient communication from the Department of Social Development in protocol, procedures and expectations from designated child protection organisations in this regard place high demands on the services from professional staff. Intervention in this instance excludes the assistance from a social auxiliary worker as SASSA does not except their input.
Timeous court and departmental procedures:The successful execution of the Children’s Act poses many challenges to inadequate human resource provision. Mediation and compilation of parent plans are much more timeous than expected. Children’s Courts expect of social workers to attend the mediation hearings and presiding officers (no comma here) send social workers back with instructions to provide the court with more information, assessments towards the best interest of the children concerned, etc. In many courts the mediation cases take as much professional input and time as Children’s Court inquires.