Aims & Objectives
The objects of the Society are, as provided for in its constitution, to:
Ways in which SAPSAC fulfils its aims
- promote high standards and principles to be applied in the field of child abuse;
- promote accurate, effective and appropriate identification, intervention and treatment of abused children;
- promote research, an examination of comparative literature and the exchange of information among professionals involved in the field of child abuse;
- encourage and promote multi disciplinary professional education on topics of relevance in the field of child abuse;
- promote co-operation and co-ordination among the different professions involved in the field of child abuse and with relevant organisations both nationally and inter-nationally, in furtherance of the foregoing objectives;
- serve as a representational forum within which the needs and concerns of professionals of the various disciplines addressing the problem of child abuse can be articulated also at a national level;
- issue the publication CARSA in furtherance of the foregoing objectives;
- promote effectiveness and well-being of professionals working with abused children
The Society disseminates professional information on child abuse and maltreatment and furthers interdisciplinary professional discussion on the subject by the following:
- The biannual SAPSE accredited professional journal, Child Abuse Research in South Africa (CARSA), (supplied free of charge to members).
- The quarterly SAPSAC Newsletter (supplied free of charge to members).
- An annual conference featuring prominent overseas and local speakers on the topic
of child abuse, four of which have already been held. (Members receive a substantial discount on conference fees.)
- A membership list, indicating members' names and addresses and areas of speciality to facilitate direct networking.
- Encouraging the establishing of local interest groups country-wide for meetings/ seminars locally.