Sunlight Safe House
The Sunlight Safe House has its own 24 hour entrance from Gate 10 at the CMI
011 645 2000
The Sunlight Safe House provides a night time place of safety for over 200
children per year whose home circumstances are not conducive to their
safety and wellbeing, as well as long-term foster care for 116 children in
volunteer community homes.
The Sunlight Safe House (SSH) started in 1997 as an after-hours service for
abused and abandoned children. With traditional organisations closed at
night and during weekends, many traumatised children were in the
unfortunate position of having to stay at police stations until the welfare
agencies opened their doors during office hours. This constituted secondary
traumatisation for the child.
The Sunlight Safe House provides emergency after hour care at the
Sunlight Reception Centre. This accessible centre, receives children afterhours.
They are welcomed by Sunlight Safe Houses child and youth care
workers and the team is able to assess each child’s needs immediately.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) bring the child/ren into overnight
care and they are referred to statutory services for further investigation and
the finding of suitable placement. To date Sunlight Safe House have
provided care for over 7 000 children.