James House

James House – Organisation


Since its establishment in 1986, James House has served as a place of safety for children from the community of Hout Bay who were in need of shelter, care and protection. In fact, James House was named after the first child taken into care - James - who is still a friend of the organisation today. Over time, James House grew far beyond being a residential childcare facility. It became an active participant in the provincial Child and Youth Care Sector and a frontrunner in the development of family and community based services for orphaned and vulnerable children. Today, James House is providing services across the continuum of care (prevention, early intervention, statutory, and reintegration) annually serving about 1000 vulnerable children, young people, and their families from the community of Hout Bay and Vredendal.  James House has a track record of being innovative, professional, and responsive. As a result, local and national Department of Social Development invites James House to implement pilot projects and participate in preparing guidelines for interventions and policies.

Our vision is to see child and youth care excellence everywhere. Our mission is for James House to take the lead in modelling best practice child protection and early intervention strategies for other child and youth care organisations to follow.