Working with children & families

Our vision is that children will not be abused anymore, but where they are being abused, we want to provide efficient and professional services that effectively promote their healing and stop any further abuse. This translates into a mission to minimize any secondary harm to children and their families upon their entering the child protection system.


Victim Support Services:

Medico-legal Examinations

  • The Teddy Bear Foundation’s Medico-legal Clinic is a specialised medical facility for children who have been abused or neglected and a training service for medical professionals working in the child protection field. It is based within the Charlotte Maxexe Academic Hospital, and is run by a multi-disciplinary team of Paediatricians, Doctors, Forensic nurses, Social Workers and volunteers.

Forensic Assessments

  • Forensic assessments form the basis of court proceedings in convicting perpetrators of violence against children. They take the form of a structured process where the child is engaged through various techniques, by our most qualified Social Workers. The aim is to elicit information from the child victim regarding the details of an alleged crime, and then to verify these through collateral sources, such as witnesses and other people known to the victim.

Psychological Assessments

  • This service was established specifically for children with cognitive disabilities for the purpose of providing them with fair access to the criminal justice system. In the context of sexual abuse cases, the psychological assessment that has to be conducted depends on the psychological questions posed by the court. In most cases, the psychological assessments are aimed at determining the victims’ mental age as opposed to their chronological age, their capacity to testify with regard to an alleged crime and the impact of the trauma on the victims. We have highly trained and experienced Psychologists conducting these assessments.

Therapeutic Counseling and Support

  • Child abuse causes trauma and emotional scars that can have a negative impact on a child’s development and result in long-term consequences. Every child who is a victim of abuse is provided with the opportunity to receive therapeutic counseling and support, which focuses on reducing tension and alleviating any fear and anxiety that the child may have, increasing self-acceptance and releasing the internal resources that will help the child to cope with the trauma. Supportive counseling is also provided to the caregivers of children who have been abused, as our experience has been that the better equipped the caregivers are to cope with the trauma, the better able they are to support the child through the process.

Court Preparation and Support

  • The Court Preparation and Support programme was established in June 1997. It focuses on providing children and parents with skills, emotional support and legal knowledge in preparation for their appearance in court. The programme is process-oriented in that it provides support for the children and their families from the moment they enter the programme, right through the often lengthy legal process, and thereafter with debriefing.


School awareness programme

  • In society today our children need skills and knowledge in order to protect and to keep them safe. This programme operates from a model of prevention, providing awareness talks that improve learners baseline knowledge of issues relating to child abuse and their rights and responsibilities. Included in the model is training for educators on how to manage cases of child abuse within the education system.


Support Programme for Abuse Reactive Children

  • SPARC is a diversion program that aims to empower low to medium risk child sexual offenders to understand the consequences of their behaviour and equip them with the skills and psychosocial resources to change it. By intervening with youth who exhibit sexually offensive or inappropriate behaviour as early as in childhood, the programme actively works towards breaking the cycle of abuse, by preventing these children from becoming career sexual offenders.

Multi-disciplinary training:

The Teddy Bear Foundation is one of the few organisations that has specialized in providing holistic services to children that have been abused, and we have been doing so since 1986. As such, we have developed a wealth of knowledge, resources and practical experience across various professions within the child protection field. In order to increase the reach of child abuse services across the country, we provide training on child abuse identification and management to: medical professionals and students, social workers, psychologists, prosecutors, magistrates, police, child and youth care workers and other service providers.


Our work



The Team

  Sheri Errington


  • Qualifications: MA ( Research Psychology)
  • Position: Director on TTBC Board, Operations Director
  • Experience: 7 Years
  • Sheri Errington is the Director of Operations at The Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children, where she has worked for 7 years. She has an MA in Research psychology and is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Sheri specialises in Monitoring and Evaluation, but has lead the development of The Teddy Bear Clinic’s increased focus on research and the establishment of sound Monitoring and Evaluation systems. Sheri has presented research on The Teddy Bear Clinic’s service-level impact at both local and international conferences. Her interests are in the field of child abuse, child sexual offending, youth at risk, child development, trauma and exercise.

   Luke Lamprecht


  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) Philosophy of Religion, Dipl. Child & Youth Care, Candidate MSc Neuro-Development
  • Position: Director on TTBC Board, Director of the JHB Parent Child Counselling Centre
  • Luke is the monitoring and evaluation manager for Johannesburg parent Child Counseling Centre. He is also the Chief Operational Officer, trainer and supervisor of the Art Therapy Centre. He is a long standing advocate for Child protection and as such is a convenor for the Johannesburg Child Advocacy Forum; Legal advocacy spokesperson for Women and Men Against Child Abuse and Development officer for the Shaken and Abused Baby Initiative.In his influential career he has held the position of Executive Director of Bigshoes Foundation, who provided medical management of abandoned babies as well as paediatric palliative care. He was the Clinic Manager of the Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children. Project Manager for Child Abuse and Neglect Protocol at RAU University. Crisis Counsellor and Place of Safety Project Manager for Childline, Johannesburg and Child and Youth Care Worker for Johannesburg Child Welfare Society.


Shaheda Omar

Shaheda Omar

  • Qualifications: Masters in Mental Health, Dip. In Marriage Guidance and counselling, Forensic Assessment of child victims of abuse, and has completed her doctoral thesis on young sex offenders
  • Position: Director on TTBC Board, Clinical Director
  • Experience: 17 Years
  • Shaheda worked at the Johannesburg Institute for Social Services, Pedimed Clinic in Pretoria, Parktown School for Girls, Centre for HIV and AIDS Counselling at Medical Research Institute, Johannesburg Association for the Aged and Childline Gauteng. She has been working at The Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children since 2001 and is the Director of Clinical Services at the clinic.
Nonhlanhla Peggy-Sue Khumalo

Nonhlanhla Peggy-Sue Khumalo

  • Qualifications: In 2000 Peggy-Sue was awarded a scholarship by the late former State President, Honourable Nelson Mandela and was sponsored by Investec Bank South Africa to study Economics at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. She holds a BA Honours (Economics and Politics) and an MSc in Economics
  • A former beauty queen who won the 1996 Miss SA pageant, Peggy-Sue has come a long way from the glitz and glamorous world of fashion to walk with authority in the corridors of SA’s Specialist Bank and Asset Manager power house, Investec. She joined Investec Bank UK in 2004 as an analyst with the institution’s Asset Management division. Peggy-Sue ran her own successful public relations and communications consulting firm in Johannesburg that boasted a staff compliment of 20 and listed among its blue chip clients Eskom, 3Com South Africa, Anglo American, Coca-Cola and hotel chain Hilton South Africa. It was her firm, for instance, that managed the PR and communication for the All Africa Games in 1999 and did events management for SA’s 2006 World Cup Bid. After seven years in London, Peggy-Sue returned to South Africa and joined Investec’s Corporate and Institutional Banking division. There, her main focus was growing the institution’s public sector portfolio.
Lorna Jacklin (Professor)

Lorna Jacklin (Professor)

  • Qualifications:   FCP (Paediatrics) SA, MMed (Paediatrics), University of Pretoria, MSc (Child Health) and Mb ChB, University of the Witwatersrand.
  • Professor Lorna Jacklin is the Chairperson of the Board and a founding member of the Teddy Bear Foundation. She is an adjunct professor in Paediatrics and a neurodevelopmental specialist at the Johannesburg hospital, which falls under the Faculty of Health Sciences within the University of the Witwatersrand. Lorna’s primary interests include children with a variety of developmental delays and disabilities including Autistic Spectrum disorder, visual impairments and child abuse. As such, she sits on Boards and Committees for The Memorial Institute for Child Health and Development, Centre for Blind and visually Impaired Children (Chair), The Dean’s Computer committee,  Paediatric Executive committee, Post graduate protocol committee and the Hospital School Board.
Peter van Niekerk

Peter van Niekerk

  • Peter has been a Director at the Teddy Bear Foundation for Abused Children since incorporation, and is also a Director of the Shaken and Abused Baby Initiative. He has over 30 years litigation experience and was voted best lawyer in the category: Arbitration and Litigation, in The Business Days “Best Lawyers World Premier Guide”.
  • Peter is a Managing Director at Eversheds, specializing in general commercial litigation and pension fund, employment, insurance and family legislation.  Peter has sat as an Assessor in the High Court and as a Commissioner of the Small Claims Court.  He has also acted as a mediator and arbitrator in commercial, labour and matrimonial disputes and has received a band 3 rating for Dispute Resolution Lawyers in South Africa. Peter headed the legal team that won one billion rands for breach of contract in favour of two pension funds.  This is thought to be one of the largest awards in South African legal history.  He is Mahons’ representative at Meritas and is presently involved in both companies’ expansion in Africa.
Candice Pillay

Candice Pillay

  • Qualifications:  BProc, an LLB and a BA (Hons) degree, University of the Witwatersrand.
  • Candice is a partner at Routledge Modise, where she heads the firms pro bono legal services. She specialises in personal injury litigation, including motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, public liability and claims against the state. Candice is a member of the South African Clinical and Neuropsychological Association (SACNA).

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Looking for volunteers to help with our events! Please visit our EVENTS page and see where you would like to get involved! Needing graphic designers, help with ticket sales, help with awareness of events, help with running events on the day, help with adhoc duties, celebrities willing to get involved, project planners, caterers, light administrative responsibilities and a dedicated creative team! All help is appreciated and warmly welcomed! Contact Dalene Bishop on 011 484 4554 or email daleneb@ttbc.org.za to find out more.


Xolani runs the Virgin Money London Marathon for The Teddy Bear Clinic

Personal message

On Sunday 23rd April, 702 breakfast’s Xolani Gwala will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon! It’s a journey that he committed to wholeheartedly and has been putting in the miles and doing the training to get race day ready.

As host of a current affairs programme, Xolani is exposed to some of the very best, but also the very worst stories and issues affecting our society. One issue that he cannot abide is child abuse and he hopes to use his journey at the Virgin Money London Marathon to help improve the journey to healing of many young child abuse victims enabling them to shift to survivors, through the Teddy Bead Clinic.

The Teddy Bear Clinic provides specialized care, protection and support to these young survivors and their families  to make that healing possible by minimizing the affects of abuse.  All these services are provided free of charge.  This ensures all children have access to our services. The cost of providing these services to 1 child is R 13 446. These services are unique as they are multi-professional interventions, in other words 1 child receives the services of many professionals.

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Head Office

Address: 2nd Floor, Children’s Memorial Institute, 13 Jourbert Street Extension, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193
Contact Number: 011 484 4554
Fax Number: 011 484 4551

Charlotte Maxexe Academic Hospital

Address: Ward 297, 9th Floor, Yellow Block, Charlotte Maxexe Hospital, Jubilee Road, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193
Contact Number: 011 481 5118
Fax Number: 011 642 6027

Johannesburg Branch

Address: 2nd Floor, Children’s Memorial Institute, 13 Jourbert Street Extension, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193
Contact Number: 011 484 4554
Fax Number: 011 484 4551

Ikhaya LeThemba

Address: 176 Smit Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2193.
Contact Number: 011 242 3000

Johannesburg Magistrates Court

Address: Johannesburg Magistrates Court, Miriam Makeba Street, Johannesburg, 2193.
Contact Number: 011 838 1565
Fax Number: 011 838 1565


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Soweto Branch

Address: Protea Magistrates Court, Corner Ndaba and Kunene Street, Protea Glen, Soweto
Contact Number: 011 980 8160
Fax Number: 011 980 8873

Krugersdorp Branch

Address: 110 Ockerse Street, Krugersdorp
Contact Number: 011 660 3077
Fax Number: 011 660 3077