The National Children and Violence Trust (NCVT) aims to spread hope this year by extending its social workers’ hours and uplifting vulnerable communities in Gauteng in need of support. NCVT operates in areas subject to high incidences of violence and trauma such as: Diepsloot, Loss My Cherry, Riverband, Lanseria, Musawawa, Thabo Mbeki, Nooitgedacht, Zandspruit, Itsoseng and the new settlement of  Cosmo City. Community members will be happy to know that the NCVT social workers will now be available from 08:00 to 16:30 to help alleviate unforeseen case backlogs and offer further support to vulnerable groups.

The NCVT is a non-profit organisation that supports women and children who have been abused; people who are unemployed; and those living with human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in some of the most impoverished informal settlements and farming areas in Gauteng. These families are faced with daily challenges and have very little hope that help is on the way; NCVT encourages them to boldly seek help immediately.

Senior Social worker at the NCVT, Judith Mthombeni, says that if you are unemployed; a victim of violence or abuse; or infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, here are some of the ways you may benefit from the work NCVT does:

Psycho-social and trauma management programme

NCVT offers counselling and trauma management within its operating communities and empowers victims of abuse through socially engaging activities. Family therapy sessions, psycho-educational assessments and generic social work services are also part of the NCVT’s psycho-social and trauma management programme.

Access to justice and a court support programme

Having access to the justice system and to basic social services is a constitutional right to all. It is important for individuals and their families to know about their rights when seeking justice. The NCVT accompanies vulnerable children and women to court to ensure they receive fair treatment without fear of being further victimised.

School wellness programme

The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, which is the highest law in the country, says that the child’s best interests must be considered in every decision made about the child.* “We run school wellness programmes where we engage with children through dialogue and help raise awareness, about children’s rights and responsibilities, child abuse and domestic violence,” shares Mthombeni. Children spend a large portion of each day of their formative years in school, the adults in these environments have a duty to care for and protect the children entrusted in their care. “Most victims don’t realise that they are being abused until someone explains what abuse is, and the different ways in which children can be abused. The more people know, the better equipped they are to make informed choices and speak out,” says Mthombeni.

Capacity building for stakeholders

The NCVT boasts a team of five qualified social workers who form part of the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP). This team is supported by an additional eight auxiliary social workers. These social workers assist in training frontline care workers in victim empowerment and trauma management. “We also provide basic counselling to our stakeholders to help them manage similar trauma or abuse cases that they may encounter,” concludes Mthombeni.

For more information about NCVT and to find your closest NCVT social worker, visit www.ncvt.co.za or contact +27 11 705-1960 | 079 390 1775. To make donations or volunteer towards the work NCVT does, contact ncvtprojects@iafrica.com.

*http://www.justice.gov.za/vg/cj/2010_cj_booklet_a6.pdf

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About The National Children and Violence Trust [NPO Number: 008-861-NPO]

The National Children and Violence Trust (NCVT) is a non-profit organisation that supports women and children who have been abused; people who are unemployed and those living with HIV.The NCVT works with youth (in and out of school), women and families affected by violence and HIV/AIDS in some of the most impoverished informal settlements and farming areas in Gauteng. These include areas subject to high incidences of violence and trauma such as: Diepsloot, Loss My Cherry, Riverband, Lanseria, Musawawa, Thabo Mbeki, Nooitgedacht, Zandspruit, Itsoseng and the new settlement of Cosmo City.