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Babies Matter

In a child protection system that is over-burdened and under resourced, Babies Matter aims to provide the supportive link between the role players, that make sure our children are safe and protected.

Babies Matter (formerly The Shaken and Abused Babies Initiative) is an organisation that was set up to protect victims of child abuse, and to case manage the investigation and prosecution of their cases, between the relevant national departments.

The Babies Matter Team has been at the forefront of referrals made by hospital staff, social workers, police, and community members, where the most severe cases of child abuse are reported for investigation.

As a result of a large gap in the sufficient investigation and inter-departmental management of these cases, Babies Matter’s mission has been to provide guidance of successful case management, and inter-departmental collaboration – which, too often does not occur.

Babies Matter’s highly skilled team has provided training to the various departmental role players, guided medical staff, police, and social workers, in their investigation and collection of evidence, and is often called to provide expert evidence in court.

The team works on the ground, with the communities and children who are most affected by the downfalls of society, and saving our children, by supporting the departments that are mandated with their medical and legal care.

Partnerships include collaborative advocacy and case management with Woman and Men Against Child Abuse and The Johannesburg Child Advocacy Forum. Relationships also extend to collaboration with Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, Baragwanath Hospital, Charlotte Maxeke, and The Teddy Bear Clinic, who provide much of the medical treatment that the children require.

Babies Matter have a multitude of individual medical personnel; paediatricians, radiologists, ophthalmologists, neurosurgeons, social workers, forensic pathologists, and police officers, of whom work within the various hospitals, police offices and social service organisations that receive the cases, or refer to Babies Matter for oversight.

Get in touch

For further information on Babies Matter please email Talia-Jade Magnus