Our hope for the children of South Africa is that every child belongs to a family and grows with love, respect and security.

We focus on children without adequate parental care

We focus our efforts on our target group: children without parental care or at risk of losing it, who are living in vulnerable circumstances. Many children are living in situations where they are well cared for and experience little or no vulnerability. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for many others. It is those children who are living in vulnerable care situations who we aim to reach; they are our target group. When identifying which groups of children are within our target group, we look at three key factors of their care situation: the presence of a caregiver, the capacity of the caregiver and the stability of care.

SOS Children’s Villages as a hub for alternative care and family strengthening

We commit to a long-term presence and to locally adapted services wherever we work. The SOS Children’s Villages is a child care and protection programme, which promotes the availability and quality of a range of alternative care options and family strengthening. An SOS Children’s Villages functions as a hub of competence, resources and innovation. It enables us to best respond to the situation of our target group and acts as a catalyst for wider development. It is an open space from where we promote care and protection in the community and where children, families and partners, such as a community-based organisation, receive support to become strong and vibrant.

We find the best care option for every child through strong gate-keeping

We commit to identify the most suitable care option for every child, because we want children to grow up in the care setting that is in their best interests. The family of origin is the best place for a child to grow up, as long as this family is willing and able to offer quality care. We only offer alternative care in situations where the family of origin is no longer the most suitable care option for the child.

We create a safe environment for children

We commit to creating a safe environment for children in our programmes at all times by implementing child safeguarding measures and procedures in line with international standards and best practice. We also support our partners to do the same. We listen to children on what child safety and a safe environment means for them in their day-to-day lives with their families, peers, caregivers, and communities. We take children’s views seriously and consider their inputs when planning and implementing child safeguarding measures.