Who we are
We are a team of change-makers who believe that every helping hand can raise a child and create a better future for them.
The Parent Centre was established more than 35 years ago in May 1983 as a project of Cape Town Child Welfare Society. The Centre was initially started as a primary prevention project to reduce the incidence of child abuse through the promotion of positive parenting and effective child management practices that would enhance the well-being and self-esteem of parents and children.
This project later grew into a branch of Cape Town Child Welfare Society and in 1997 became an independent, registered NPO. For the last 35 years, The Parent Centre has been promoting positive parenting through various programmes and workshops.
Our mission is to make sure all young people and children get all the support they need, when they need it, no matter what it is.
The Parent Centre strives to contribute to a society in which every parent or caregiver is able to raise resilient and well-balanced children. When parents are equipped with effective, healthy parenting skills, children will be able to reach their full potential and be protected from victimisation and abuse in communities free from violence.
How we do it
We want to build a world where no child or young person alone and gets every possible help they need as soon as possible.
We do this by offering training, counselling, and support for all parents and families – whether you are a single parent, going through a teenage pregnancy, struggling with the dynamics of a blended family, or just need general parenting advice and support. So far, The Parent Centre has impacted 231,727 parents and caregivers, who care for approximately 624,750 children, and 19,414 professionals and community workers working with families.