Joburg Child Welfare
Opportunity closing date:
Thursday, 30 September, 2021
Opportunity type:

Jo’burg Child Welfare provides care services, adoption and fostering, abuse treatment and prevention, rights advocacy and learning to children and their families across Johannesburg.

The Granny Program is a brainchild of Spence-Chapin; a United States based Non-Profit Organization that has been offering adoption services for more than 100 years. Spence-Chapin established the Granny Program with an understanding of the critical impact that physical and emotional contact has during a child’s early stages of development. The Program came about based on the fact that children growing up in Institutions are often deprived of basic human interactions: warm hugs and kisses, games, storytelling and laughter. Overburdened staff cannot possibly provide all the necessary and relevant interactions around individual attention and nurturing that the mentioned children so desperately need and deserve daily. Moreover, institutional care (no matter how high the quality) does not give children the opportunity to form consistent early attachments. Therefore, the Granny Program mitigates against mentioned challenges.

Through the Granny Program, children at Othandweni and Princess Alice are paired with Grannies who are retired local women from the community.  These Grannies spend special one-on-one time with each child. Each Granny is assigned two (2) children and spends two (2) hours per day per child for five (5) days a week with each child. The objective is to provide individual stimulation and education that is important for the child’s healthy overall development. It is important that the child bonds with Granny. The Program introduces stimulation, attention and love from a trusted primary caregiver adult, thus improving bonding and attachment skills of the child.

The Granny Programme is also being rolled out to other CYCCs and this will be responsibility of the Co-ordinator who will be train the Grannies at the CYCCs and monitor the programmes there as well.  Reports are written on each of the Centres every 3 month.


  • A social worker between 35 to 55 yrs. of age
  • At least 4 years’ experience.
  • Adequate proficiency in communicating in English and other indigenous languages.
  • Ability to write good reports in English.
  • Ability to read and write in English.
  • Natural flair of working with and love for children.
  • Good communication skills; friendly with good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to relate meaningfully to children from 0-6 years.
  • Be available to work the 5 days that is required for the children
  • Be flexible and available to work overtime as and when required – weekend work is often required for birthday parties, checking with mentors, etc.
  • Conscientious; responsible; accountable; respectful; trustworthy and reliable.


  • Ensure smooth running of the program.
  • Monthly reporting on the progress of the program.
  • Daily Supervision of grannies on shift.
  • Liaise with Granny Program Specialist on the progress of the program.

Applications and CV must emailed to
Note: This is a fixed term contract for seven (7) months.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application – NGO Pulse Portal