The Teddy Bear Clinic
The Teddy Bear Clinic is located on the 2nd floor of the CMI
011 484 4554/4539/4553
The Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children (TTBC) originated in 1986 in
response to an urgent need for medical examinations for sexually abused
children. It has subsequently grown over the years into a fully fledged service for
abused children and their families, which includes: forensic medical
examinations, forensic assessments, counselling, psychological testing and, more
recently, a diversion programme for young sex offenders.
The Teddy Bear Clinic’s role is also to provide counselling to abused children and
their families, preparing them for court. The Teddy Bear Clinic aims to minimize
the harm to children (prevent secondary victimization) and their families when
entering a court trial by providing them with expertise, information and support.
The Teddy Bear Clinic consists of field professionals, such as social workers and
doctors. TTBC helps children from ages 3 – 18, going into schools and equipping
the children with the knowledge on how to handle various situations,
empowering them regarding their rights and teaching them pro-social skills.
Communities are helped by equipping them with information on how to identify
and manage abuse by staging workshops and training. Most of the volunteers are
from the communities helped.
TTBC promotes ‘CHILD ABUSE NO MORE’.