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Dlamini hails strategy supporting vulnerable children

She says the Isibindi model helped 74% of children who head up households successfully pass matric.

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini on Wednesday said a new strategy to support vulnerable children has led to academic success for children who head up households.

Dlamini delivered the keynote address at the National association of child care workers' 20th biennial conference.

The event was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, and served as a platform for child care workers to share ideas on how to improve the profession.

Dlamini said the Isibindi model has helped 74 percent of children who head up households successfully pass matric.

The initiative has been developed by the national association of child care workers.

It helps child care workers provide direct support to affected children.

The minister said around 1,4 million children will receive direct supervision and social support thanks to the new model.

She said government could not adequately reach and respond to the service demands of orphans and other vulnerable children, due to a shortage of social workers.