Child Welfare Bloemfontein was founded in 1914 by a group of volunteers who identified a sincere need for welfare services among poor people. The first social worker was appointed in 1938 to address the needs of families through the rendering of rehabilitation services, supplementary to offering social relief by means of handing out grants and food parcels. In the fifties the social worker’s reports reflected the high percentage of children reported because of abuse and neglect. In 1965 a Child Welfare Society was established in Heidedal. In August 1996 the Societies of Child and Family Welfare Bloemfontein and Heidedal amalgamated and took the responsibility to render child protection services in Bloemfontein, Heidedal and Mangaung.
The protection of children against any form of abuse. CWBFN & CLFS has been responsible for the establishment of many capacity building programs in the community, is committed to advocate for the rights of children, to provide family support and empowerment programmes, to develop and implement appropriate social services to empower vulnerable children and families in order to develop resilience. We aspire to stay true to our core guiding values.
We are a well-known and respected organisation with a healthy reputation. In order to be sustainable, the organisation is managed efficiently and has the ability to attract, secure and retain funding. We apply sound management principles and good governance to enable effective service delivery to our community.
Vision of Success:
We assist Children to be Resilient, Resourceful and Accountable.
Child Welfare Bloemfontein & Childline Free State aspires to be a world class child protection organisation through the rendering of professional social work services.
Our staff compliment of 166 people provides 24-hour caring support and protection to children through community awareness, prevention, early intervention and statutory assistance.