In South Africa, each and every child is automattically given the constitutional right to be cared for within their best interest upon being born. This is a common frontrunning factor in many legal cases involving children such as child custody.

If you would like to learn more about children’s rights or about how to teach your child about their rights, keep reading. Let’s start with the biggest question.

What Are Children’s Rights?

It is Section 28 of the Bill of Rights in our Constitution that dictates in no uncertain terms that “every child has the right to basic nutrition, shelter, health care and social services, as well as the right to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation”. Every one of these rights are in the best interest of all children that are under the age of 18 years old.

What To Do If These Rights Are Violated?

It is important to note that while it sets the precedent, the Bill of Rights is far from the only tool that the law uses to guard children’s rights. There is specific legistation that offers protection for children.

As experienced children’s rights lawyers in Durban, we have advised on and represented plenty of cases where we have ensured the protection and defence of child rights. Should it come into question that a child’s rights have been violated, the best thing to do is to seek legal counsel whether for your child or to find out more for a loved one that you wish to aid.

We all want what’s in the best interests of our children which is to have their rights protected and letting them be children that are nurtured, supported and given room to grow into the future.

Are you looking for a children’s rights lawyer in Durban? We have a team of expert attorneys equipped to support you. Contact The Law Offices of Karen Olivier, a top law firm in Durban. We will make sure that one of our lawyers will assist you and/or provide you with advice.