Welcome to The Teddy Bear Clinic
The Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children (TTBC) originated in 1986 in response to an urgent need for medical examinations for sexually abused children. From there it has grown into a fully fledged service for abused children which includes: Forensic medical examinations, forensic assessments, counseling, psychological testing and more recently a diversion programme for youth sexual offenders.
In South Africa, child abuse is and has been an ongoing problem. As an NGO, our concern is not only to support children and families affected by abuse but also to promote: “CHILD ABUSE NO MORE”. To do this we at the TTBC have a two-pronged approach.
We historically have supported the abused child through the Criminal Justice System to ensure psychological healing takes place and the child is able to fulfill their place as a valuable member in society without the scarring that may perpetuate child abuse in the future. We have done this through forensic medical examinations, supportive therapy, forensic evaluations, psychological testing and a court preparation programme for children and parents, for cases that go to court.
The second prong of the TTBC approach is offering a diversion programme in partnership with the courts for young sex offenders. This programme is designed to redirect the child offender away from the criminal justice system in order to rehabilitate the child into more constructive behaviours. We hereby prevent the child from developing into an adult offender which in turn will help us achieve our aim of “Child Abuse no more”
Possible signs of Child Abuse
1. Children suddenly have more money and gifts.
2. Family member or other people want to take out only that child all the time.
3. Your child takes longer than usual to get home from school.
4. Your child refuses to go to school/ visit people they used to before.
5. The child makes strange comments about a certain person.
6. Personality of the child suddenly changes and he or she clings to you.
7. Lack of appetite or sudden increased appetite.
8. Child suddenly wants to be isolated and seem withdrawn.
9. Bed wetting, nightmares or can't sleep at night.
10.child has a lot of sexual knowledge for his or her age.
11. Depression, withdrawal, suicide attempts.
12. Medical problems such as chronic itching, pain in the genitals, venereal diseases.
NB: although these signs do not necessarily indicate that your child has been sexually abused, they could help you to identify that something is wrong...
WHO TO CALL FOR HELP!!!
Childline - 0800 055 555 (24 hours)
SAPS - 10111 (24 hours)
Teddy Bear Clinic - 011 484 4554 ( Office hours only)