We are grateful for the generous support received from the Bernard van Leer Foundation which has enabled us to develop our capacity.
History of the Children's Rights Centre
The Children's Rights Centre started as the Durban Children's Rights Group in 1988. It was a loose network of organisations and individuals, founded at a meeting called by the Durban Committee of the World Conference on Religion and Peace (WCRP) to plan the observation of the 30th anniversary of the Declaration of Children's Rights. The first Committee was formed from the 60 organisations and individuals that attended this meeting. They included Amnesty International (South Africa), ChildLine, Training and Resources in Early Education (TREE) and various activists and service providers concerned with children such as Child Welfare Society members. For many years we were known as the Southern Natal Children’s Rights Committee, associated with the National Children’s Rights Committee. We have been an independent charitable Trust since 1999.