The Children’s Act: A Valuable Tool in Realising the Rights of Children with Disabilities
Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law, Vol. 74, p. 264, 2011
16 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2012
Date Written: May 6, 2011
Statistics relating to persons with disabilities, known in some quarters as the world’s largest minority, and especially children, are damning. Of children with disabilities in the developing world, 98 per cent do not attend school, while an estimated 30 per cent of the world’s street children live with disabilities. It is my submission that the Children’s Act goes a long way to accommodate the needs of children with mental and physical disabilities and in fact provides the legislative framework to realise their constitutional rights. This contribution explores the relevant international documents before dealing with the applicable provisions of the Children’s Act separately. The Children’s Acts of various other African countries are compared with the South African Children’s Act to evaluate its compliance with international and regional standards.
Keywords: children, disabilities
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