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"No child should ever experience the feeling of terror, fear, and Let’s stay united in raising our children right, safe from any harm". -

Introducing SAPSAC:

The South African Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (SAPSAC) is a multi-professional society established in March 1999 to provide professionals who are active in the field of abused children with a forum for structured and systematic exchange of information on the subject of child abuse. It is a non-political and non-governmental organisation registered as an NPO and it provides for membership from the following professions:

  • Legal Professions (Private and employed within the South African Judicial System)

  • Medical Professions (Medical Doctors and Nursing Professionals)

  • Social Work Professions

  • Policing

  • Criminology

  • Psychology

  • Education

  • Media

2022 in Numbers
Statement by UNICEF South Africa Deputy Representative, Muriel Mafico





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The Aims and Objectives of SAPSAC are to:

  • 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 arepresentational 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

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