By Vuyiswa Mdlalo in News, Releases with Comments Off on Due to the success of the Court Preparation Program we researched empirical based evidence and in 2016, decided to introduce an innovative new canine therapy through a partnership with Top Dogs. The theme was that children need to overcome their fears, linking this to “not all dogs bite”, and equally not all adults are going to hurt you. This breaks down the misconceptions or stereotypes and focuses on the issues of trust.
Children and their families who make use of the Teddy Bear Clinic’s services are usually fearful of the criminal justice system. Their perceptions of trust are challenged. The thought of seeing the perpetrator face-to-face again, and the fear of the unknown creeps into their lives.
Some of the children were happy to meet the dogs and others were scared, because the dogs symbolised the unknown to them. But, as soon as the handlers introduced the dogs to the children, their families and the court preparation personnel of the Teddy Bear Clinic, their fears began to decrease. Children and their families realised that experiences, like meeting new people or dogs, can be scary at first, but all that can change and become familiar...
By Vuyiswa Mdlalo in News, Releases with Comments Off on Joburg Ballet has collaborated with Teddy Bear Foundation for this event. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to us. We hope to see you there!!
I would love to thank you for all the support, care, love and guidance you have given me. In times where I felt uncertain and confused, the wonderful staff was there to help and guide me, when I felt scared and shy they were there to set the mood and make us feel comfortable.
They taught us rights we did not know we had in court and made the experience less stressful and made us know we are always safe, and we did not have to fear. It is not easy for a minor to stand before a court and tell your story, but with the help of the intermediaries I was able to say everything without fear.
Not many people have the privilege to be associated with people as caring and understanding as The Teddy Bear Clinic crew...
By Vuyiswa Mdlalo in News, Releases with Comments Off on The Teddy Bear Foundation striving to protect children through prevention and intervention programs.
The Teddy Bear Foundation SAFE Presentations
The Teddy Bear
Foundation strive to protect children, combatting child abuse through
prevention and intervention programs.
The SAFE program is
part of the intervention process, empowering learners with knowledge and skills,
to identify, prevent and report child abuse
presentations are available to be presented to grade 7 â€“ 12 learners, as
requested. The presentations can be done at school, as well as in the form of
virtual presentations, taking in consideration the current COVID pandemic. Each
presentation are facilitated within a forty five minute timeframe, in small
class groups. It is proposed that each grade be divided into two groups and