RAPCAN (Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) is a registered Non-profit Company, Non-profit Organisation and Public Benefit Organisation based in Cape Town, South Africa.


The Board consists of 9 Members including the Executive Director and is governed by the RAPCAN Articles of Association (Memorandum of Incorporation) and meets quarterly to monitor RAPCAN’s performance.

RAPCAN_web_directors_DawesAndrew (Andy) Dawes is an Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cape Town where he lectured since 1975. He has extensive experience in translating research to policy with particular foci on indicators for monitoring children’s rights and well-being, child maltreatment prevention, and evaluation of early development interventions. He serves on several Trusts and Boards of South African child focussed NGOs.

RAPCAN_web_directors_BoonzaierFloretta Boonzaier is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Cape Town where she completed her PhD. Her primary research areas include psychological aspects of gender based violence, the intersections of raced, classed and gendered subjectivities, and a focus on the social construction of femininities and masculinities within the post-apartheid South African context.

RAPCAN_web_directors_GabrielsKaren Gabriels is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) and has worked in audit, corporate and social development. She is currently Head of Finance and Operations; Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. She has also held the position of Chief Financial Officer of the Shuttleworth Foundation.

RAPCAN_web_directors_ShungKingMaylene Shung King is a medical doctor who has an MBChB from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a DPhil in Social Policy from the University of Oxford (2012) with postgraduate training in Public Health. She is currently a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Her special interest area is health services for children, specifically with regard to ensuring good quality equitable health services for all children. She has also served as the Deputy Director of the Children’s Institute, UCT.

RAPCAN_web_directors_SlothNielsenJulia Sloth-Nielsen is senior professor at the Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape, and Chair of Children’s Rights in the Developing World, Faculty of Law; University of Leiden. She is also currently the second vice chair of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. She has published extensively on children’s rights-related issues and has worked on law reform in South Africa as well as in many southern and east African countries, including Malawi, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya, Zanzibar and South Sudan.

RAPCAN_web_directors_GxubaneThulane Gxubane is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social Development, University of Cape Town (UCT). He holds a PhD and Master of Social Sciences (in Social Work) from UCT and a BA (Social Work) from the University of Witwatersrand. He has worked as a social worker at Dyambu Youth Centre, Childline Gauteng and Witwatersrand Mental Health Society.

Danwood Chirwa holds a PhD from the University of the Western Cape, an LLM from the University of Pretoria, and an LLB from the University of Malawi. Currently, he is Head of the Department of Public Law, Professor and junior fellow at the University of Cape Town. He has published on various human rights issues – such as privatization and human rights; non-state actors and human rights; children’s rights; women’s rights; economic, social and cultural rights; domestic protection of human rights; and international protection of human rights.

RAPCAN_web_directors_ChartonRichard “Bulldog” Charton is a retired business man whose career spans both international and local business. Coupled with a passion for marketing and advertising communications, his diverse business experience contributes to the expansion of the RAPCAN brand.