The B.E.S.T programme started in 2011 at James House, at the time it was referred to as BOYS Quest, later the name changed to Boys B.E.S.T (Building Emotionally Strong Teens). More recently there has been an urgent need for services for girls hence the recent name change to The B.E.S.T programme as the name encompasses both girls and boys.

The B.E.S.T programme is a 6-month non-residential solution to prevent at-risk teenage boys and girls with challenging behavior entering a path that may be destructive to either themselves or others. B.E.S.T follows a strengths-based, developmental, and holistic approach, always taking into account the individual needs and B.E.S.T interest of each child in the context of their family circumstances, their community, and their school environment. Once the child has completed the six month programme, he/she enters the aftercare phase which is 12 months where the child and his family receives less intensive intervention. Services include school based intervention, family focused interventions, therapeutic intervention and community awareness campaigns.

This Early Intervention Programme Aims to:

1. Improve social and Emotional Competence

2. Improve parent-child relationship

3. Improved school attendance

4. An evidence based model will be available to influence policy, promote replication and con-tribute to sustainability


Many Gogos are raising their grand-children due to devastating factors such as poverty and substance abuse .The Gogo’s pro-ject aims to create a sustainable support sys-tem amongst the Gogos of Hout Bay by em-powering one another, sharing knowledge and participating in income generating activities to support their grandchildren. 


The Growing Together Project focuses on sus-tainable food security for families. This projects provides families with basic agricultural training on how to setup home food gardens. The aim is to empower families to creatively ensure food. 


This project aims to provide effective parenting strategies to parents in an attempt to provide better life experiences for children and parents. 



James House aims to fill the gap for parents who cannot afford ECD services or cannot be accommodated in ECD centres. The projects aims to address all aspects that hinder effec-tive early childhood development through, nu-trition and learning through play. 


James House was founded in 1987 and it celebrates 30 years working in the Hout Bay Community and within the Child and Youth Care Sector. We are a registered organisation that operates as a Child and Youth Care Centre proudly offering One Residential Treatment Centre for Boys and Girls and 3 Prevention and Early Intervention Programmes. These programmes are well implemented and it is looked at as Best Practice Models in South Africa operating within the South African legal framework of the Children’s Act No 38 of 2005.

James House Programmes

BEST PROGRAMME BEST Is strengths-based, therapeutic, and holistic approach, taking into account the individual needs and best interest of each child in the context of their family circumstances, their community, their school environment. (Working with children ages 12 – 15 years and Based in 3 Primary Schools) ISIBINDI PROGRAMME The Isibindi Programme is a nationally accredited community base model of care for orphans and vulnerable children developed by the NACCW and implemented by James House. (Working in 2 Communities) TRAINING PROGRAMME The purpose of the training is to equip James House staff with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to meet the organisation’s needs in relations to its objectives. By investing in people through their training we ensure we connect their full potential and focus their energies on the needs of the organisation while fulfilling their need for personal development and job satisfaction. Our aim is to share our knowledge and skills with organisations in the community which would include Child and Youth Care Centres.