Admission Requirements

PLEASE NOTE:

  1.  Admission criteria for placements/referral into Drop-in and Early Intervention Programmes in Valhalla Park, Manenberg, Site C, D Section and Woodstock to follow.  Please contact the Homestead PEI Social worker if you need assistance in this regard  (Please phone 021 4199763 for cell phone number – Telkom has stopped providing landlines in Khayelitsha )
  2. Please note that the Homestead was the first NPO to have its residential programmes  placed formally onto the Central Placements System of  the Department of Social Development.   You can therefore just complete the following application form and contact the central placements office directly.  DSD Central Admissions Application for Admission Form

10426144_376362739184845_1570573719689126284_nTHE HOMESTEAD INTAKE CENTRE WOODSTOCK ADMISSION CRITERIA AND PROCEDURE OVERVIEW:

The Homestead Intake Centre in Woodstock has successfully being transitioning and stabilising children away from street life for over 27 years. The centre is permanently open, 24/7, for temporary safe care, self-referrals and emergency placements.  Currently undergoing a complete refurbishment, this centre offers two dormitories, one for younger and one for older boys, a large recreation/relaxation space, a workgroup room, a computer lab, small library, therapy rooms, sick bay and more.

The focus of this centre is to provide a safe, temporary alternative placement for extremely traumatised boys with complex needs, children who may have challenging behaviours and who require structured intervention, stabilisation and intensive support. All children placed at this centre are carefully assessed, offered intense psycho-social support, helped to adjust to processes and structure, taught basic life-skills for daily functioning and provided with educational, development and therapeutic opportunities appropriate to their level of functioning/stability. The key focus of this centre is to stabilise children, transition children away from street life, improve the relationship between them and their families, or to prepare them for successful alternative care placement.

Ideally children stay in this centre for 3 months before returning home or on to alternative care, such as to the Homestead CYCC in Khayelitsha. It is however a reality that many of the traumatised children we work with need the luxury of time, patience and understanding, and therefore a little longer before they stabilise. Many boys bounce back and forth between the street and the Intake centre before finally settling down and moving on to alternative care. This Homestead Intake centre also offers a street outreach programme and a drop-in facility for children living, working and begging on the streets of Cape Town.

The Homestead Intake Centre has, under the control of the Homestead residential manager, a therapeutic social worker, a full component of 8 child and youth care workers (providing 24/7 hands on care) and an operations team to ensure great food and that resources and facilities are kept clean and in good order. Each boy is given a bunk bed, their own locker, individual and group therapeutic support to help put the trauma of their tragic past behind them, are assisted to restart their education, deal with substance abuse and behavioural issues and more. Each boy is expected to attend either an external age/development/ability appropriate school/skills programme, or, for those boys not yet ready to return to school, an internal Social Education Programme of creativity, action and service.

ADMISSION CRITERIA:

  • Minimum Age of Admission: 7 years old
  • Maximum Age of Retention: 16:
  • Gender to be Admitted: Boys only
  • Maximum number of Children: 35  (we have never refused temporary safe care to a child since 1982)
  • Type of Programme: The Homestead Intake Centre admits children in terms of the Children’s Act (Act 38/2005) and provides a programme that according to Sect 191 (2) is for: o (c): the reception and temporary safe care of children pending their placement; o (e): the reception and temporary safe care of children to protect them from abuse or neglect; o (f): the reception and temporary safe care of trafficked or commercially sexually exploited children; o (g): the reception and temporary safe care of children for the purpose of –
    • Observing and assessing those children;
    • Providing counselling and other treatment to them; or
    •  Assisting them to reintegrate with their families and the community o (k): the reception and care of street children.
  • Type of Registration: Conditional registration
  • Type of Child: The Homestead mandate is to successfully transition children away from street life and to focus on traumatised, chronically neglected, OVC, mentally and physically abused and exploited children. In terms of the Children’s act the Homestead provides for children in need of care and protection as per section 150 (1) (a) (c) (e) (f) (g) (h) (i) of the Children’s Act. Child in need of care and protection as per section 150 (1) (b) (d) of the Children’s Act can only be admitted in appropriate cases as the Homestead cannot accommodate children with severe physical or mental disabilities, boys with extreme behavioural problems (e.g. history of arson, gang-involvement, etc) or boys with untreated or extreme drug-dependency (unless placement is part of an intervention programme, for instance after successful detox and rehab).

ADMISSION PROCEDURE:

1. For Emergency Placement (Afterhours/weekend/public holiday): Refer to Homestead Intake Centre (24/7 admissions) on form 36 with as much detailed information as possible – Tel 021 4617470 all hours. Address: The Homestead Intake Centre, Chapel Street, Zonneblom, Woodstock (under elevated highway). Confirmation of Temporary Safe Care Placement must take place within 48 Hours or child must be removed. 

2. Temporary Safe Care: Refer to Homestead Intake Centre (24/7 admissions) on form 36 with as much detailed information as possible – Tel 021 4617470 all hours. Address: The Homestead Intake Centre, Chapel Street, Zonneblom, Woodstock (under elevated highway). Confirmation of Temporary Safe Care Placement must take place within 48 Hours. 3. For Placements in Alternative Care: As a stabilisation programme this centre is not designed for placements into alternative Care. We can however accommodate such placements at the Homestead CYCC in Khayelitsha and only once a child has proven to be stable. Please phone/email relevant social worker on duty for initial discussion and required application form. (Tel: Homestead Head Office 021 4199763/4 (o/h)). You can also email admissions requests to: resmanager@homestead.org.za or Socialworker@homestead.org.za.

20130720_120257THE HOMESTEAD CHILD AND YOUTH CARE CENTRE KHAYELITSHA ADMISSION CRITERIA AND PROCEDURE OVERVIEW:  The Homestead Child and Youth Care Centre in Khayelitsha is a modern, therapeutic and safe child-friendly facility resting in an indigenous garden and within a supportive community environment. The centre has two large residential units, each able to accommodate 37 children, one for children who require intense therapeutic support and the other a transitional unit for children who are more settled and busy working towards a bright future away from street life. The centre also provides an emergency placement dormitory for the temporary safe care of children removed after hours, over weekends or on public holidays. Each residential unit at the Homestead CYCC has its own team consisting of a therapeutic social worker, a full component of 8 Child and Youth Care Workers (providing 24/7 care), as well as an operations team ensuring great food, clean and healthy facilities and resources and facilities that are kept in good order. Each boy is provided with their own bed and locker (no bunk beds) and are encouraged to individualise their space, they also receive individual and group therapeutic support to help put the trauma of their tragic past behind them and education is a key component of the Homestead programme. All boys are expected to participate in either an external age/development/ability appropriate school/skills programme, or, for those boys not yet able to return to school, in an internal Social Education Programme of Creativity, Action and Service. The Homestead provides a number of exciting recreation and development facilities including a soccer field, outdoor gym, jungle gym, large hall, activity centre, multimedia room with 12 computers, library, 4 independent study/tutor areas, arts and crafts room, sick bay and a play/OT/Therapeutic room. Homestead boys also participate in a wide variety of extra mural activities including sailing, surfing, horse-riding, swimming, equine assisted therapy, yoga, martial arts, extra maths, music, dance, basketball, gym, and are provided with an independent living support programme as they begin disengaging from residential care. The Homestead invests heavily in family visits, family empowerment, parental support and family preservation programmes.

ADMISSION CRITERIA:

  • Minimum Age of Admission: 7 years old
  • Maximum Age of Retention: 18, or to 21 if on a valid 176 court order.
  • Gender to be Admitted: Boys only
  • Maximum number of Children: 75
  • Type of Programmes Provided by the Organisation: The following programmes are offered to meet the developmental, therapeutic and recreational needs of the children placed in this centre In terms of Regulation 75(1) of Act 38/2005: (a) (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi), (b) (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) (viii), (c) (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi).
  • Type of Registration: Full registration
  • Type of Child: The Homestead mandate is to successfully transition children away from street life and to focus on traumatised, chronically neglected, OVC, mentally and physically abused and exploited children. In terms of the Children’s act the Homestead provides for children in need of care and protection as per section 150 (1) (a) (c) (e) (f) (g) (h) (i) of the Children’s Act. Highly unstable and unsettled children as well as children in need of care and protection as per section 150 (1) (b) (d) of the Children’s Act are not admitted directly into the Homestead CYCC but can, if appropriate, be considered for admission into the Homestead Intake Centre in Woodstock. The Homestead unfortunately cannot accommodate children with severe physical or mental disabilities, boys with extreme behavioural problems (e.g. history of arson, violent gang-involvement, etc) or boys with untreated or extreme drug-dependency (unless placement is part of a formal intervention programme, for instance after successful rehab).

ADMISSION PROCEDURE:

1. For Emergency Placement (Afterhours/weekend/public holiday): Children are only accepted together with completed form 36, and with as much back ground information as possible. Speak to security at Homestead Dyani Crescent, D Section, Khayelitsha (next to Khayelitsha Stadium), Phone: (Tel: 0796073202) or phone Residential manager on 0834095565. Form 36 must be confirmed within 48hours.

2. For Temporary Safe Care: Refer to Homestead Intake Centre (24/7 admissions) on form 36 or Temporary Safe Care Order with as much detailed information as possible – Tel 021 4617470 all hours. Address: The Homestead Intake Centre, Chapel Street, Zonneblom, Woodstock (under elevated highway). Form 36 must be confirmed within 48hours.

3. For Placements in Alternative Care: Please phone/email relevant social worker on duty for initial discussion and required application form. (Tel: 0796023202/ 0834095565 or Homestead Head Office 021 4199763/4 (o/h)). Intake Shelter After Hours: 021 4617470)   You can also email resmanager@homestead.org.za or Socialworker@homestead.org.za.

The minimum requirements for admission are:

  • Placement meets Admission Criteria as set out above.
  • Completed Application Form with background report or completed Form 38 report attached. Including where possible: o Care Plan and IDP o Medical form, o Last school report / transfer report from WCED o Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Applications are processed for decision at weekly screening meetings held every Thursday, the outcome of which is then passed on to the Central Admissions office/External Social worker concerned.
  • If Application is successful: A pre-admission meeting will be set up with case manager, child concerned and parents of the child or any other significant person in the child’s life within the week.
  • On the day of admission, the following is required: o Valid court order o List of dates for other court appearance, medical appointments, planned assessments, rehab, and date for Multi-disciplinary meeting to establish/review the IDP

 

For more information: resmanager@homestead.org.za   (021) 4199763/4