The Children's Act and the Sexual Offence Act both establish mandatory reporting obligations to report abuse.

Failure to report is a criminal offence, but more importantly it could leave a child at risk without support and services. 

When do you report?

If you suspect that there was/is abuse or deliberate neglect, it must be reported to one of three authorities: a designated child protection organisation like Badisa Trio, the provincial Department of Social Development or a Police Official.

The compulsory reporting obligation applies only to sexual abuse, physical abuse causing injury, and deliberate neglect. However, there are many other circumstances that may leave a child in need of care and protection. In these cases anyone can make a voluntary report.

The full list in section 150(1) of Childrens Act, Act 38 of 2005, provides that a child is considered to be in need of care and protection if, for example, the child:

  • Has been abandoned or orphaned and without visible means of support;
  • Lives or works on the street or begs for a living;
  • Is addicted to a substance and without support to obtain treatment;
  • Lives in or is exposed to circumstances which may seriously harm his physical, mental or social well-being;
  • Is in a state of physical or mental neglect (see the full list for more examples).

If you find a child in any of these circumstances you can make a voluntary report to the appropriate authority. Complete Form 22; submit it to a designated child protection organisation or official, and a social worker will be assigned to do an investigation into the circumstances of the case.

People who MUST report suspected child abuse and/or neglect.

Section 11o(1) of the Children’s Act, Act 38 of 2005 mandates the following category of professionals to report any reasonable suspicion of child abuse and neglect to the relevant authorities: correctional official, dentist, homeopath, immigration official, labour inspector, legal practitioner, medical practitioner, midwife, minister of religion, nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, psychologist, religious leader, social services professional, social worker, speech therapist, teacher, traditional health practitioner, traditional leader or member of staff of volunteer worker at a partial care facility, drop-in centre or child and youth care centre.

Failure to report is a criminal offence, but more importantly it could leave a child at risk without support and services. 


If you find a child in any of these circumstances listed you can make a voluntary report.


Download and complete Form 22.


Email your completed form to one of the Badisa Trio offices (Bellville, Kraaifontein or Scottsdene), and a social worker will be assigned to do an investigation into the circumstances of the case.

BADISA Trio is only registered to deliver child protection services in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. This includes: Bellville, Durbanville, Brackenfell, Kraaifontein, Scottsdene and Fisantekraal.

If you need to report a case outside of these boundaries please submit your form to your local Child Protection Organisation, Police Official or Social Services Office.



  1. Dealt with 510 cases of child neglect

    During 2016/2017 our social workers handled 510 cases of child neglect. This neglect occurs on physical, emotional, medical and / or educational levels by the biological parents or caregivers.

  2. Equipped 513 Parents with parenting skills

    Children are dependent on their parents or caregivers for every aspect of their existence. Inadequate parenting affect every aspect of their children’s existence. In 2016/2017, Badisa Trio worked with 513 parents whose parenting skills are inadequate. The impact of this on each of these parents’ children is enormous. 

  3. Helped 324 families who deal with poverty

    During 2016/2017 Badisa Trio dealt with 324 cases where poverty threatened the lives of families. Many families were provided with clothes, household goods, school fees, transport money, etc. It is a privilege to spread the kindness of donors and experience the relief of parents when basic needs are met. 

  4. Helped 239 children with behavioral problems.

    Behavioral problems in children are rising due to poverty, single parent families, absence of fathers, inadequate parenting skills, gangs, drugs,etc. BADISA Trio has worked with 239 children during 2016/2017, bringing hope and change.

  5. Dealt with 242 cases of adult drug addiction

    BADISA Trio is first and foremost a child protection agency, so when drug addiction of parents threaten the lives of children we help parents get the help they need.

  6. Dealt with 118 cases of child abuse

    During 2016/2017 Badisa had 118 cases of child abuse. Every one of these children are safe and secure with the help of our social workers.


  7. Dealt with 99 cases of sexual molestation

    Cases of sexual molestation is extremely complex. Victims are often molested by someone they know and children are often threatened with confidentiality. In most cases a forensic assessment is required to prove this offense. Without sufficient evidence, it is very difficult to provide the child with the necessary protection. Forensic assessment requires specialist skills that are very expensive. Through donors, funds are collected to carry out specialist assessments of children. Thank you for enabling us to help these children.

  8. Dealt with 131 cases of drug abuse by youth

    During 2016/2017 Badisa Trio worked with 131 youth where drug abuse occurred. Drug abuse leads to other problems such as, behavioural problems, gang affiliations, leaving school and much more.


  9. Assisted 497 cases of foster care

    Sometimes social workers are required to remove children from their biological parents. During 2016/2017 BADISA Trio has provided such services to 497 children who have already been removed from their parents’ care and placed in foster care. BADISA Trio also worked with 298 parents to achieve possible reunification with their children.