Child and Youth Care Centre

Our Objective

Lawrence House’s objectives are:

– To provide developmental and therapeutic programmes that meet the needs of children and youth displaying psychological, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

– To equip children and youth with the skills and competencies to manage themselves and reintegrate back into society.

– To meet the special care and protection needs of separated refugee children and unaccompanied foreign minors.

Lawrence House offers a variety of programmes to address all beneficaries' needs, both from a therapeautic and developmental perspective.

Accessing Lawrence House

A child is placed in Lawrence House in terms of the provisions of the Children’s Act (Act 38 of 2005) if they are found to be in need of care and protection by a Children’s Court.

If you are worried about the wellbeing of a child, please contact your nearest Department of Social Development office urgently. You can find out your nearest DSD office by calling 021 483 3083.

For more information on Lawrence House’s services, please contact:

Volunteer With Lawrence House

Our volunteers come from all over the world and bring a diverse set of experiences, knowledge and abilities. They support every aspect of Scalabrini’s programmes, from English lessons and administrative support, to outreach and advocacy work.

Services at Lawrence House

Lawrence House, based in Woodstock, is registered with the Department of Social Development. The House can accommodate up to 25 children and youth.

Lawrence House provides a safe and caring environment where children and youth displaying psychological, emotional and behavioural challenges can embark on journeys of healing and recovery. The goal is for these young people to become equipped with the necessary skills and competencies to manage themselves and to successfully reintegrate into society.

Core interventions centre around topics of identity, sense of belonging and self-discovery as central aspects of a healing and growth journey.
Learning routines, adapting to a structured environment and setting scholastic goals are other essential aspects. Finally, a dedicated programme aims at ensuring a successful transition from institutionalised living to independence.

Lawrence House is dedicated to upholding the best interests of separated refugee children and unaccompanied minors and to promoting the understanding of their plight. This is achieved by combining care and protection services with a much-needed advocacy agenda to bring about meaningful change for all foreign displaced children in South Africa. Lawrence House continues to be at the forefront of creating new programmatic responses to the growing complexity of needs displayed by young people in institutionalised care.


With up to 40 children, Lawrence House is constantly in need of certain items! Should you wish to donate any of the following, please contact to arrange. Thank you very much.

Cleaning items
Non-perishable food items
Secondhand clothing for boys and girls in good condition
Reading books & DVDs
Sports/gym equipment

Board Member Position Availble

Lawrence House seeks to appoint one new members to its management board to fill the role of a youth representative. Candidates should ideally be younger than 30 years of age.

About Lawrence House
Lawrence House is a child ad youth care centre specialised in the care and protection of unaccompanied foreign minors and separated refugee children. We offer a variety of developmental and therapeutic programme to support the holistic growth of young people.

We are seeking to recruit a board member and expect that he or she will bring a range of skills and experience to the current board.

We are looking for somebody with:

  • – Commitment to the objectives of Lawrence House
  • – Willingness to act as an ambassador for Lawrence House
  • – Willingness to fulfil the duties and standards of conduct required of a board member
  • – Understanding of equalities and diversity issues, as well as migration issues
  • – Interest in child care and youth development
  • – Motivation and self-drive to inspire young people
  • How to apply
  • Please submit a CV and a covering letter by 17th August 2020 stating why you wish to be considered for the role, to Giulia Treves by email on

Prospective board members who best meet our requirements will be invited to speak to some of our current board members following which the board of trustees will make the final appointment.

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