Child Surviviors of Crime (CSOC) provides support for children under the age of 18 who have been directly or indirectly affected by any criminal offence committed against them or their families. Support is in the form of counselling and therapeutic intervention, education, alleviation of physical suffering and community re-integration. We also strive to raise children’s awareness of personal safety.
CSOC gives these children a rainbow after the storm. By making their lives a little easier and giving much needed support, we equip them with the tools they need to cope with the challenges ahead. Our support network helps strengthen families that have been shattered by crime, and bolsters the relationship between the South African Police Services (SAPS) and crime survivors.
It started in early 2010, when the idea and principles of the UK registered charity, Child Victims of Crime, inspired a group of business people to investigate the need for, and possibility of, establishing a similar charity in South Africa.
It was soon apparent that with the high incidence of violent crime in our country, South African children often find their childhoods destroyed. Struggling with the devastating after-effects of crimes committed against them or against their families, these young survivors face challenging new realities and a precarious future.