Community awareness & prevention program

Twelve years ago, we realised that while thousands of children were calling Childline, many thousands more didn’t know about us.  As well as having children reach out to us, we needed to reach out to children. We started CAPP, Community Awareness and Prevention Program. CAPP reaches more than 70 000 children per year through our satellite offices in the Inner-city, Soweto, Tembisa, Katlehong and Sebokeng.

Through CAPP, Childline Gauteng’s dedicated teams from each office identify those vulnerable schools in their areas, and over the course of a week, social workers & counsellors conduct class-by-class discussions about children’s rights and responsibilities, and who they should talk to if anyone hurts them. The content is in line with the Department of Education’s Life Skills Curriculum.  Inevitably, some learners come forward to report various concerns or problems. Disclosures are handled by the team, who provide basic counselling, and make necessary referrals.

Many learners talk to their educators about their problems, so it is essential that they are equipped with the skills to help these children once Childline has left the school. Through a voluntary workshop for educators, the CAPP team impart both the knowledge and tools required for educators to deal with specific problems learners may share with them.