The Pretoria-based place of safety, Peas in a Pod, opened its doors to young girls who have fallen victim of gender-based abuse under the auspices of Urbanvest Foundation in May 2010. Urbanvest Foundation is a registered NPO and PBO.
Dr. Annali Swanepoel, the CEO, realized the need for a therapeutic safe house as she counseled young victims of abuse across Pretoria and its surrounding townships. With the opening of Peas in a Pod in May 2010 Urbanvest Foundation decided to focus primarily on the needs of young victims of gender based abuse. The innovative program adopted proved immensely successful in charting the way to recovery for the girls.
We work closely with the respective Social Workers and South African Police Force. The removal of a child into safe care is prescribed by the Children’s Act (CA) 2005 (Act 38 of 2005), which provides for a designated social worker or a police official to remove a child and to put in a place of safety. Provision is made to place such a child with or without a court order depending on the circumstances. Social workers, however, have to follow proper procedures according to legislation and legal processes, during