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The Isibindi model aims to create safe and caring communities in the context of HIV/AIDS through the delivery of community-based child and youth care services by trained and qualified child and youth care workers (CYCWs).
The model is recognised by the national Department of Social Development (DSD) as a best practice in meeting the needs of children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in South Africa. The model was developed by the National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) in 2001, the Isibindi model provides the sector with an opportunity to develop a large team of community-based CYCWs to provide services to children in line with provisions of the Children’s Act pertaining to prevention, early intervention and child protection. The Isibindi model consists of specialised childcare services by Isibindi CYCWs to children in their homes and the Safe Park Program. In addition, specialised program components have emerged in response to the specific needs of children served by Isibindi projects and together make up an integrated Isibindi model.