Centre Scalabrini de Cape Town - Rapport Annuel 2018 - 2019

Source : Scalabrini

Date : 06 août 2019

Sommaire et extraits :

  • From the Director
  • From Lawrence House

« You may ask shouldn’t’t a facility dedicated to the special protection needs of unaccompanied foreign minors and separated refugee children focus rather on ensuring their access to and exercise of their basic rights ? Of course, we do - and alongside our partners, we advocate for the creation of pathways to documentation for foreign children and youth who find themselves in very particular situations – often not just undocumented, but also abandoned and traumatised.

Yet at Lawrence House we understand child protection ; not just in terms of the young person’s safety and access to basic rights. We have made it our goal to empower young people, educate them about their rights and responsibilities and equip them with the skills and abilities necessary to manage themselves and their environments. However, if a young person, because of their migratory background and possible experience of uprootment and dislocation, remains disconnected from the various identities within him or herself and unable to reconnect their past and present, or even to make new connections while planning their future, rights obtained in a court room won’t be exercised because the young person will feel powerless and without a voice. »

  • From the Board
  • Impact highlights
  • Media and Communications
  • Advocacy

«  The Advocacy Programme aims to achieve its objectives by operating on two mutually informing levels. Firstly, paralegal advice and practical assistance are provided to individual clients on a walk-in basis on issues including :
• Access to documentation and the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) immigration and asylum systems ;
• Access to public services such as education and healthcare ;
• Assistance to unaccompanied and separated foreign minors ; and
• Access to justice for victims of xenophobic violence, hate crimes, and other protection-related issues


The Advocacy Programme has added a social work component along with two new team members, Shameema Jones and Lumka Matthews. The new additions have strengthened the Advocacy Programme’s work with foreign children and are focused on assisting unaccompanied and separated children and birth registration. The new additions allow for more intensive monitoring services and home visits for unaccompanied and separated children. The team have developed a birth registration project to provide support to parents who are struggling to register the birth of their children at Home Affairs. Assistance includes accompanying clients to the hospitals to get maternity certificates and in some cases accompanying clients to Home Affairs offices to initiate the process of birth registration which is very challenging for many foreign parents.


The Advocacy Programme aims to continue the work of 2018 into 2019 with a continued emphasis on ensuring the Cape Town RRO resumes operations and provides services in a dignified and transparent manner. Additional plans include continued efforts to improve policies and procedures for unaccompanied and separated foreign migrant children – particularly in relation to family joining processes in the asylum system to ensure that family unity is a core consideration in the refugee status determination process. Both these matters are the subject of litigation and it is hoped they will be resolved successfully in 2019. Another focus area will be the issue of foreign children where we anticipate assisting more individual children, building stronger relationships with all stakeholders, and pushing for a more inclusive and holistic migration framework that takes into consideration the needs of foreign children »

  • Employment Access Programme
  • Welfare
  • Women’s Platform
  • English School
  • Lawrence House

« Lawrence House, as the only dedicated residential facility for the particular care and protection needs of separated refugee children and foreign unaccompanied minors, renders a unique and essential service : its multidisciplinary team and established support networks are able to respond not just to the developmental needs of each young person placed in its care, but also to design an individualised journey which takes into account the mental health needs often arising from or caused by the young person’s migratory experiences as well as the possible documentation challenge of each child. »

  • Bachelor Support Programme (BASP)
  • Volunteers
  • Annual Financial Statement
  • Thanks and Acnowlegements

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