Sunlight Safe House

  The Sunlight Safe House has its own 24 hour entrance from Gate 10 at the CMI

  Lynne Cawood

  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.

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