Watch: Fall through the cracks

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This Carte Blanche episode was co-produced by Viewfinder and aired on M-Net on 3 July 2022

A tiny grave in the Klip Road Cemetery in Grassy Park outside Cape Town marks the failure of a system that was set up with the express purpose of detecting and preventing child abuse. So, has the country’s early warning system for child abuse broken down? In a powerful and in-depth investigation by journalism watchdog Viewfinder, produced for Carte Blanche, we map how impossible caseloads and poor investigations by social workers can lead to deadly consequences. Could the death of Baby CJ have been avoided? His family believe so, had their reports of abuse by his foster mother been investigated. So, what will it take for South Africa’s child protection policies to be implemented?

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