Children and their families should have to access a range of services and programmes that address violence against children. According to the Children's Act, these should range from prevention and early intervention services through to therapeutic services for those who have been victims of violence. Together these services make up the child protection system. Government is responsible for providing these services, either directly or by ensuring they are provided by others. In South Africa, many civil society organisations provide social welfare and prevention services, including statutory services that are provided by designated child protection organisations on behalf of the state.
The first step to having access to services is for the services to be available. But access is about more than simply building more police stations or opening a satellite office in an unserved area. High quality, accessible services should have enough adequately trained staff and resources to provide the service and meet the demand; be physically accessible and affordable to access; and be effective and relevant to those they intend to serve. Here we map the physical location of government services that form part of the child protection system but we recognise that this is only one aspect of promoting access for children and their families.
Use the interactive map below to view the coverage of selected public services.You can find out more about the services and sources of data in the section below the map. This map aims to show how mapping data can help to inform evidence-based planning of services, although this depends on the accuracy of the data available. For example, we have not included many preventative services (or civil society orgnaisations) because of the limited data available on these programmes nationally. Click on the legend in the bottom right-hand corner to select the services you wish to see and hover over the dots for more specific details where available.