National Association of Child Care Workers
Ms. Zeni Thumbadoo is Deputy Director of National Association of Child Care Workers – South Africa. Zeni has dedicated her working life to the children’s sector in South Africa – in direct service provision, contributing to children’s policy and legislation, advocacy and model development.
She has worked in a children’s home; as a consultant to the Department of Social Development; as a trainer in child and youth care work; and as a coordinator of a process of piloting of innovative projects linked to transformed policy in the building of children’s services in the democratic South Africa.
Since 1997 she has worked as the Deputy Director of the National Association of Child Care Workers. She has contributed to the professionalization of child and youth care work through the following actions: Spearheading various advocacy campaigns linked to the statutory recognition of the child and youth care field; serving on the Standards Generating Body for Child and Youth Care Work which developed national standards for the training of child and youth care workers; serving on the statutory regulatory body, the Professional Board for Child and Youth Care; and representing South African child and youth care work in various national and international forums.
Zeni is currently further championing the recognition of child and youth care work through the national scale up of the Isibindi model which aims to develop 10,000 child and youth care workers serving 1.4 million children in a five year period.
Zeni completed her Master’s degree in child and youth care work with distinction. She is presently the Vice Chair of the Steering Committee of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance.