Objectives

The centre emphasizes a holistic approach to child care and development and has four main objectives that encompass a child’s total development:
1. To provide a caring and safe environment, that minimizes trauma and maximizes developmental opportunities and promotes wellness for 104 children in need.
2. To make all attempts to transfer the children placed at the EP Child & Youth Care Centre into a less restrictive environment on the continuum of care as required by the policies and stipulations in the Children’s Act (Act 38 of 2005)
3. To capacitate and support children and their families to develop to their maximum potential through therapeutic interventions and skills training
4. To ensure that the best interests of the children in the care of the EP Child & Youth Care Centre at all times maintained through the effective and sustainable management of programmes as well as through ongoing monitoring and evaluation systems



Placement in the Home
Children are placed in our Centre as a last resort due if they are found to be in need of care by the Children’s Court. This is often because they have been exposed to violence and abuse or have been neglected by their caregivers. As a result our children have often suffered a great deal of trauma and neglect – and sometimes abandonment - and need intensive support to help reach their developmental goals.

Disabilities
The home is wheelchair friendly and we have one child in residence who is in a wheelchair. Many of our children have learning disabilities and attend special schools in the Nelson Mandela Metropole. One such school is on the premises – Umicare and caters for grade 1 to grade 3 where children are given the opportunity of small classes to catch up on reading and writing skills and enter normal schools from Grade 4