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Perspectives on the Legal Guardianship of Children in Côte d'Ivoire, South Africa, and Uganda


  • Addresses crucial issues regarding the guardianship of children in Africa

  • Makes recommendations for policy change

  • Provides guidance and direction for the existing gap in national and international laws about the regulation of guardianship in Africa

  • Offers a concise and critical resource for academics, researchers and professionals interested in the issue of legal guardianship in Africa


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Social Work book series (BRIEFSSOWO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Rofiah Ololade Sarumi, Ann Strode
    Pages 1-12
  3. Rofiah Ololade Sarumi, Ann Strode
    Pages 25-40
  4. Rofiah Ololade Sarumi, Ann Strode
    Pages 41-58
  5. Rofiah Ololade Sarumi, Ann Strode
    Pages 59-64
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 65-73

About this book


This brief reference surveys the national policy of three representative African countries on the legal guardianship of children who are without parents or families. Focusing on the widely varying legal systems of Côte d’Ivoire, South Africa, and Uganda, the authors highlight guardianship as emblematic of the continent’s shortcomings in child protection laws. The book’s key objective is bridging the communal aspects of traditional African society with the global standards set forth by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international entities. To this end, the three frameworks discussed here are compared and their strengths and limitations evaluated as applied to child protection standards in terms of core guardianship issues:

  • Holders of parental authority and responsibilities
  • Appointment of a legal guardian
  • Who qualifies as a legal guardian?
  • Responsibilities of a legal guardian in relation to the child
  • Termination of guardianships

The primary audience for Perspectives on the Legal Guardianship of Children in Côte d'Ivoire, South Africa, and Uganda includes academics, researchers, and students in the fields of children’s rights, human rights, legal guardianship, and international law. It will also prove a useful reference for NGOs that focus on children’s rights, social workers and practitioners operating within the context of these three countries, professionals working within the African human rights system, and governmental law- and policymakers.


Children's rights in Africa Legal guardianship of children in Africa African regional human rights Guardianship of children in South Africa Guardianship of children in Uganda Guardianship of children in Cote D'Ivoire protection of orphans and vulnerable children Children's Act of South Africa Family and caregiving in Africa Legal parents termination of guardianship

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Postgraduate Legal StudiesUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalPietermaritzburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.Centre for Postgraduate Legal StudiesUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalPietermaritzburgSouth Africa

About the authors

Dr. Rofiah Ololade Sarumi graduated in 2001 with a degree in Law from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. After her call to the Nigerian Bar, she proceeded to the University of Pretoria for a Master's degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa in 2004. In 2014, Rofiah obtained a PhD in Law and she is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the College of Law and Management Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Rofiah is a published researcher with special interest in children's rights, right to health, sexual and reproductive health rights, and issues related to HIV/AIDS, gender, and general legal education.

Professor Ann Elaine Strode is the Academic Leader of Socio-Legal Studies at the School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She teaches constitutional and human rights law to second year LLB and Legal Studies (non LLB) students. Before joining the University Ann worked as a human rights lawyer for a number of NGOs working on social justice issues. During this time she worked extensively on programmes addressing HIV as a human rights issue. She also spent a number of years in the HIV/AIDS Directorate at the Department of Health in Pretoria developing HIV policy for the new democratic government. Achievements included; being a member of the South African Law Reform’s Commission’s Project Committee on AIDS which made five legal and policy recommendations to various government departments, assisting with drafting of the sections on HIV in the Employment Equity Act and assisting in the development of the first para-legal manual on AIDS and the law. Since joining the University in 2001, Ann has re-focused her work around research and teaching.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Perspectives on the Legal Guardianship of Children in Côte d'Ivoire, South Africa, and Uganda
  • Authors Rofiah Ololade Sarumi
    Ann Strode
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Social Work
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Social Work
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-76558-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-76559-4
  • Series ISSN 2195-3104
  • Series E-ISSN 2195-3112
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 73
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Work
    Children, Youth and Family Policy
    Public International Law
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