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.

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 victim of child abuse and their family is provided with the opportunity to receive therapeutic counseling and support. This enables the child and family to assume a sense a mastery 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 (SAFE)

  • The SAFE program is a prevention model creating awareness in learners and educators about their rights and responsibilities. This expands on acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. This program also has a protocol training manual for educators on the identification , management and legislation pertaining to cases of child abuse.

Sexual Violence Initiative in Schools (SEVISA)

  • This project addresses gender based violence in schools. It focuses on zero tolerance to sexual violence in schools. Girls leadership clubs have been developed in many schools.


Support Programme for Abuse Reactive Children

  • The SPARC program gives the children a second chance in life by diverting them away from the criminal justice system and stopping them from becoming potential offenders

Multi-disciplinary training:

The Teddy Bear Foundation is one of the few organisations that provide holistic integrated services to children that have been abused, and we have been doing so since 1986.


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.


Candice Pillay

Candice Pillay

  • Qualifications:  BProc, an LLB and a BA (Hons) (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Candice is the Chairperson of the Board, a partner at Routledge Modise, where she heads the firm’s 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).
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 Deputy Chairperson of the Board and a founding member of the Teddy Bear Clinic. She is the Adjunct Professor in Paediatrics and a neurodevelopmental specialist at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, which falls under the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of the Witwatersrand. Lorna’s primary interests include children with developmental delays and disabilities including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, visual impairments and child abuse. 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, the Paediatric Executive Committee, the Post-graduate Protocol Committee and the Hospital School Board.
Peter van Niekerk

Peter van Niekerk

  • Peter has been a Director at the Teddy Bear Clinic 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 Business Day’s Business Law and Tax Review.

    Peter is a Managing Partner at Eversheds Sutherland, specialising in general commercial litigation and pension fund, employment, insurance and family law. Peter has served 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 and is listed in the Chambers Legal Directory. Peter headed the legal team that one billion rand in settlement of a case of breach of contract, in favour of two pension funds- this is believed to be one of the largest settlement awards in South African legal history.

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: Over 30 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: PR and Communications Diploma (Damelin College), BA (Hons) Economics & Political Science and MSc in Economics (University of Manchester) , Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Programme and Archbishop Tutu African Oxford Fellow (University of Oxford)
  • Peggy-Sue has 10 years banking experience with Investec Group. She joined Investec Bank UK, the Investec Asset Management division in 2004 as an Analyst. In November 2006 Peggy-Sue returned to South Africa and joined Investec Corporate and Institutional Banking as an Investment Consultant within the Corporate Business Development division. Peggy-Sue is also an Exco member and now heads up Public Sector Financing. She founded her own mentorship programme aimed at girls from rural communities. In May 2011 she was selected as an Honorary member of the Wits International Golden Key Society. Most notably, in May 2015 she was appointed as a Board Trustee at the Liliesleaf Trust, which is a tremendous honour given the history of the Riviona Trialists. She also works with a number of charities, including Starfish Foundation, and Seeds of Africa.
Patrick O’Flaherty

Patrick O’Flaherty

  • Qualifications: BCom Honours (Investments) (RAU)
  • Position: Member on TTBC Board
  • Partner at African Alliance. He is currently a director of the Botswana Stock Exchange. As a senior executive of the African Alliance group Patrick has a strong network of relationships with senior executives of a large number of institutional investors. He is the CEO of African Alliance Securities and is responsible for oversight of all securities business across the Group. Patrick has previously worked at Investec Bank as an investment consultant, ABN Amro Securities as an Investment Analyst and as an assistant portfolio manager at Melville Douglas Investment Management. Patrick completed a BCom Honours (Investments) from RAU in South Africa.
Penny Tlhabi

Penny Tlhabi

  • Qualifications: MBChB(Medunsa), MAP(Wits),AHLF(Pompue Fabra)
  • Position: Member on TTBC Board
  • Public Affairs & Sustainable development director, Member of Executive Committee and Member of Social and Ethics Committee, Discovery Limited. A qualified medical doctor,Dr Penny Tlhabi has extensive experience at executive level within the private and public healthcare sectors
Rachel Nxele

Rachel Nxele

  • Qualifications: BSc; Environmental Science (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal) 2011; PGDip; General Management Gordon Institute of Business Sciences – University of Pretoria 2016; MBA General Management Gordon Institute of Business Sciences – University of Pretoria 2017
  • Position: Director
  • Rachel completed her BSc at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2009, her PGDip at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (“GIBS”) in 2016, and more recently her MBA at GIBS. She has assumed several director roles in the financial services and property development sectors owing to her recent appointment as a Non-Executive Director at Prescient Securities. Rachel believes in leading a balanced life. She enjoys travel, networking, the exploration of various cultures and promoting the empowerment of women and children across the continent.

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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! Please also have a look at our Wishlist of required items. Become an ongoing member of our team in order to realise our vision of Child Abuse No More. Contact Dalene Bishop on 011 484 4554 or email daleneb@ttbc.org.za to find out more.


Research Day

Media Statement

13 December 2018

Courts should not disregard the evidence of experts in trials involving victims of child sexual abuse

The Teddy Bear Foundation hereby wishes to clarify its position in regard to the court judgment in the child abuse trial related to the AB Xuma Primary School in Orlando Soweto in which the accused was acquitted on the charges.

The Teddy Bear Foundation has noted the judgement and welcomes the National Prosecution Authority’s decision to appeal the matter.  In his judgement Judge Peet Johnson referred to the child victims being coached.

The Teddy Bear Foundation notes that at no stage was there an opportunity for coaching the children. The forensic assessment ascertains the veracity and credibility of the child. The questions are open ended.  The evaluator acts in a neutral capacity not aligning him/herself to any single party.  The clinical findings and observations are presented in a report to the court.  The court preparation process reinforces children with speaking the truth and telling it as it happened.  The counsellor has no knowledge of the case and does not go into the merits of the case.

The Teddy Bear Foundation has been conducting forensic assessments and court preparation for over 20 years and its services have been applauded and well received by all the role players over the years.

Executrain Golf Day for the Teddy Bear Foundation

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 Joubert 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 Joubert 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


Address: Afrika Tikkun Wings of Life Centre, Amukelani Street, Diepsloot West
Contact Number:

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



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Account name: The Teddy Bear Clinic For Abused Children
Account number: 10011311625
Branch code: 580 105
Branch name: 100 Grayston Drive


Bank: Nedbank
Account name: The Teddy Bear Clinic For Abused Children
Account number: 1944183361
Branch code: 194405
Branch name: Parktown