At the Langlaagte campus about 100 children with severe trauma or trauma combined with lower cognitive levels are cared for in ten specialist houses. To our knowledge, this campus is one of very few facilities in South Africa to provide specialist services for children with severe or complex trauma and children with lower cognitive levels. The houseparent system is used in the houses where mentally challenged children stay, whilst childcare workers on 24-hour duty are employed at the houses for children with severe trauma and behavioural problems.
The type of children on this campus:
- The children range in age from 7 – 18yrs. (In some cases youngsters stay on beyond their nineteenth birthday in order to complete school, or to find employment or in cases of severe mental handicaps, to find adult care facilities.)
- Boys and girls are fairly equal in number , with five houses for girls and five for boys.
- Children from all races are cared for.
- Children often display difficult behaviour and need intensive therapy adapted for each house.
The aim of the campus is:
- To provide holistic care for children with severe trauma with the aid of specialist programmes in order to develop them and to re-integrate them into society.
- To provide education to those children who cannot adapt in mainstream schooling, due to severe trauma.
- To provide a basic education to children with limited potential through suitable schools e.g. Hamlet School.
- To ensure that all children are involved in their own personal development plans to the extent that they are able. These plans aim to secure their future as independent adults.
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