Nutrition Programme

 This programme is aimed at providing an age-appropriate nutritional programme to children in need of a healthy mind and body.

Education / Stimulation Programme

This programme is aimed at providing an age-appropriate educational programme ensuring optimal physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children (aged 0 – 4).

Youth Forum/Mentorship Programme

This programme conducts:

  • Regular membership events at which all members will be encouraged to share thinking and best practice with each other plus leading experts who have been invited to address the Forum
  • Research initiatives to improve the evidence base for policy development
  • Communications programmes targeted to the wider community of decision-makers and influencers in the public, private and other sectors

Life Skills Programme

Building and enhancing life skills for our children and youth is of the utmost importance. In this programme, children are taught sills to deal with all the life’s complications, focusing among others on sexual education, building self esteem, and modelling positive behaviours.

Teacher Learner Care Programme

The Teacher Learner Care programme is aimed at working together with the learner (with behavioural challenges), parent/s and their teachers to improve the learner’s school performance and general behaviour. The programme entails various activities to form a holistic strengths based developmental approach to support our current education situation within the broader nelson Mandela Bay district. The programme comprises of various levels and phases and is implemented over 2-3 years. The first phase focuses on identifying 60 learners with behavioural challenges, implement therapeutic behavioural change workshops and conduct parenting groups on effective discipline and positive parenting. Phase 2 includes teacher Care, Mentorship and Aftercare. Phase 3 includes a Youth Community Service element.

Professional Training and Lectures

CPD Accredited training programmes for professionals ensuring continuous professional development as well as fully equipped professionals in dealing with the phenomenon of child abuse and lectures to social work and/or psychology students on the assessment and treatment of child abuse victims and their families or any other guest lectures in child abuse.

Internships & Learnerships

Programmes for psychology, youth and social service professionals

This programme focus on building capacity and providing adequate opportunities for students (social work, social auxiliary work and psychology) to implement theory in practice.

Staff Development & Public Courses

For details on Staff development and available Public courses please view our Events and Training Calender 

School Awareness & Prevention Campaigns

Campaigns aimed at the prevention of child abuse and exploitation:

  • School awareness project
  • “Puppet show”
  • Child protection week
  • 16 Days of activism against child and woman abuse
  • “I know my rights” - Child Right’s workshop 
  • Door to door campaigns
  • Etc.

Trained Community Volunteers

Linked to our Neighbourhood Friends Programme these trained volunteers help extend Uviwe's reach into communities.

Neighbourhood Friends

By recruiting and providing training to individuals to offer enrichment groups and to monitor and link with families in their communities.

Child Abuse Assessment Programme

Reported cases of child abuse take priority and requires a registered Social Worker with appropriate skills and knowledge to conduct a child-cantered and child-friendly assessment. The purpose of the child abuse assessment programme is to use well researched techniques to assess the type of abuse, the intensity and experience by the child as well as the child’s coping mechanism. A treatment programme is developed for every child after the assessment has provided relevant information regarding the type, extent, duration and severity of the abuse.

Children's Court Inquiry

 Children’s Act 38/2005 as amended

There are more than 11 different types of court orders that can be made by the children’s court to ensure care & protection for a child.

Safe House Programme

Recruitment and training of Place of Safety parents.
  • To take in vulnerable children.
  • To act as temporary placement for children before placing a child in a child ad youth care facility or to be adopted, placing in foster care or to be re-united with their family of origin.

Foster Care

This service includes monitoring, extension order and various enrichment programmes.

Uviwe also offers an extension to this called the Youth Independent Living Programme that focuses on young people leaving foster care to live independently who require a period of additional support before assuming full independence we provide access to case management and caseworker support within the program for a maximum of two years. Development of skills, competencies and connections young people need to be able to successfully live independently and peer support as well as assistance to re/establish social networks including family relationships. As well as the assistance with access to education, training and employment assistance, health and counselling services, other required services, after school services, based on assessment of need.


Both undisclosed and disclosed adoptions

Adoption Related Tracing

When an adopted child wants to obtain information about their biological parents (after the age of 18) legislation allows for such a process to be facilitated by a designated Social Worker from accredited adoption agencies/child protection agency. Since Uviwe has been involved in adoption work since the early 1920’s we have archived information about the child and parents at the time of adoption. The Tracing programme entails a step by step process by which an adoptive child can request information or contact about his/her biological parents.

Family Reunification

Provides counselling, monitoring and support service

Family Reunification is all services rendered that helps keep children who have been removed from their families, in contact with them. This varies from telephone calls, supervised visits, face to face visits between children and their families to weekend and holiday visits with their families. A lot of skills are taught t parents and other family members to enable them to provide these children with a safe environment. A key point during family reunification is to evaluate whether parents can implement these skills. If they are evaluated to be in a position to once again resume their full time parental responsibilities, the children can and should be returned to their care and they receive practical support and monitoring to ensure that the children’s best interest are being met.

Parenting Programme

Parenting programme for biological or alternative care parents.

The aim of this programme is to guide and motivate parents to provide as supportive and emotionally healthy family environment. Parenting is a 24/7 job, and comes without any training manual – most parents have no formal training and rely solely on the experiences they gained from their own parents. So, during this programme we focus on topics like building a healthy and happy child, helping your child to feel valued and secure positive discipline, how to have fun, and fostering success. Sharing difficulties and successes in the group context also allows parents to feel that they are not alone in this all important journey of parenting.

Teenage Mother/Father Programme

Self enrichment and parenting programme.

This programme focus on enhancing the parenting skills of teenage mothers/fathers.

Counselling & Therapy Programme

Play Therapy

The playroom at Uviwe Child and Youth Services is an integral part of the therapeutic process when working with children and families. This is where an atmosphere of security and trust is developed i order for the healing to take place. Play is the natural and universal language for children, an through play, they learn about themselves and the world around them. The playroom is a magical place where children are supported and guided, and a sense of hopefulness for the future is fostered.
The playroom at Uviwe Child and Youth Services has been designed with the child in mind. We have upgraded our toys and equipment to create a soothing and inviting environment, while equipping the therapist with state of the art resources. We offer:

  • A large play area
  • A dream doll’s house with all the furniture and families
  • A variety of musical instruments
  • Bibliotherapy story books
  • Therapeutic board games
  • A fully stocked art cupboard
  • A children’s play house
  • A chest of dress-up and make-believe toys and costumes
  • A full set of anatomically correct dolls, and a set of puppets
  • A variety of standard toys, like dolls, feeding bottles and clothes, cars, figurines, lego, wooden blocks, construction toys, etc.

Our playroom also features a one-way mirror, with a fully installed sound system, which can be used for:

  • observing the child’s play without influencing
  • to observe interactions between parent and child
  • to enable a supervisor to view sessions
  • for supervised visitation
  • to facilitate the taking of a child’s statement

We also offer a fully equipped Sand Tray Therapy Room, with a wide variety of miniatures and natural materials.

Our Playroom and/or Sand Tray room can be booked and rented per hour for external social workers, private social workers, psychologists, and SAPS & N.P.A. officials - for therapy sessions, supervision and mentoring, supervised visits, the taking of statements etcetera.
A fully trained field worker can also be made available to do the actual supervision of visits between parents/grandparents/caregivers and children.

To book the playroom, sand tray room, and/or fieldworker please contact Deonette Chapman on (041) 453 0441, or from Monday to Thursday (07h45 to 16h30) and Fridays (07h45 to 12h30).

Family Group Conferencing

This refers to an intervention used to address social issues eg. Child abuse. The focus is on including all of the family’s significant other people, identifying each family member’s strengths and finding solutions to challenges experienced by the family.

Monitoring Programme

Provides counselling, monitoring and support services to ensure families stay together and children do not need to be placed in alternative care by a children’s court.

Victim Empowerment Programme

Empowering hearts to take a flight and heal

KITE - Kids in Therapeutic Engagement

The KITE Programme is a collection of themes and modules that are designed to be used within a group setting, with children, by anyone trained in running these groups. They seek to take the “unknown” out of a very scary experience by educating both the parents and their children about victim rights, and providing information in an uncomplicated way, on sexual abuse. By giving these survivors a voice, and the right words and terminology, we can restore dignity and control to the young survivor.

KWIC – Kids Witnessing in Court

This programme is threefold:

1.Court Preparation

For children who have to appear as witnesses in Criminal Court. This programme attempts to take the unknown out of a very scary and intimidating situation so that children are empowered to be able to be really heard, and tell their stories in court

2.Preliminary Reports

A child’s ability to be a competent witness in court is tested, and the court is furnished with a report recommending that the child either be allowed to witness or not, and whether the child would need an intermediary, or the use of electronic media when witnessing. Without this report the case cannot be placed on the court roll.

3.Victim Impact Statements

This report assesses the impat that the crime has had, and will have on the child’s life. The magistrate will take this into account when deciding on a suitable sentence, if the accused is found guilty.

Children in Conflict with the Law

Youth offender programme (child on child abuse)

Statistics show that child on child sexual abuse is on the rise. If nothing is done to curb this growth, we will sit with a generation of perpetrators of abuse. This programme seeks to work with children that have been involved in this type of play, to help guide them in what is appropriate and inappropriate, to develop a healthy sexuality by providing facts free of judgment, and to break the cycle of sexual offending and focus on re-education thee children an changing the dysfunctional behaviour.

Expert Witness in Court

Providing therapeutic services to child victims of crime and assisting child with court preparation to appear as child witness in the criminal court. As well as 
submitting pre-lim (witness credibility) and victim impact statement reports to the court while also able to act as “expert witness” in criminal court proceedings.

Caring For Creches Project

 Child protection training for crèche teachers

The programme focus on training teachers from ubuntu crèches on child protection issues and ensuring a support network for trained teachers.

Firemaker & Wellbeing Project

Useing the creative arts, storytelling and play to facilitate growth and healing for vulnerable children from disadvantaged communities

Report On The Wellbeing Workshop

Uviwe and Zama Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape (February 5 - 7)
Facilitators: Written by Paula Kingwell and Amelda Brand

Overview of training

  • Paula Kingwill, dramatherapist, and Amelda Brand, dramatherapist, facilitated a three day Wellbeing workshop at Uviwe Child and Youth Services in Port Elizabeth.
  • 15 participants attended the workshop. 13 from UVIWE and 2 from Zama
  • Funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and contributions from UVIWE and Zama
  • The workshops ran between 9am and 4pm from 6 – 8 November 2012

Workshop Outline

The workshop took place over 3 full days. The main areas highlighted in the workshop were:

  • Awareness of the emotional impact of care work
  • Development of self insight and awareness through experiential creative processes
  • Equipping care workers with practical tools in self care


This is a well-resourced group of care workers who have access to training and support. They were keen to participate in the process and engaged fully in the creative and playful processes. While some expressed resistance to certain exercises they often surprised themselves with what they were able to do. The group was very appreciative of the opportunity to focus on themselves. There are some strong personalities in the group that have a powerful influence on the dynamic. It seems that participants are working in challenging environments that can have an impact on individuals and the group.

Learning points for participants

  • There was some acknowledgement of the importance of being with emotions and recognizing the discomfort of feeling these emotions.
  • The group enjoyed finding their way into the playful medium and many spoke of connecting to a child self and recognized the benefit of this. 

Thuthuzela Centre

Provides victim support services to children and KITE programme

AFCON Child Care & Protection Project

Uviwe’s team managed to reach a total of 1912 children and 1444 adults during our awareness drives – all in all 3356 people! Child protection services during AFCON aimed at empowering communities to protect children. We know the risk of child abuse, trafficking and exploitation increases during national and international sport/cultural events. Particularly children in areas surrounding sport centre’s, taverns and public viewing areas may be at specific risk re their vulnerability to accept money for participation in adult-sexual favours.
The photo’ s below shows the groups of children and adults - to ensure appropriate and relevant information sharing on children’s rights and care and protection services.


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