Overview of the Ministry

The Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS) was established in November 1991. This Ministry is key in providing and facilitating the provision of equitable social protection services to communities in order to contribute to sustainable human development.” It contributes to poverty reduction and improved quality of life of citizens in order to foster national development.
Structure
At Policy level, the Ministry is headed by a Cabinet Minister. At Executive level, the Ministry is headed by a Permanent Secretary. It has eight (8) Directorates Departments as follows:-
Department of Human Resources and Administration;
Department of Planning and Information;
Department of Social Welfare;

Department of Finance;

Department of Child Development;

Department of Audit;

Department of Community Development;
Department of Registrar of NGOs.
Mandate
The following subjects are the mandate of the Ministry in accordance with Government Gazette No. Gazettee Notice No. 1123 of 2021:

Adoption Services

Child Development

Child Policy

Child Welfare Services

Community Development Policy

Community Development Training

Disability Affairs Policy

Food Programme Management

Group Housing

Juvenile Correctional Services

Non-Formal Education Skills and Skills Training

Non-Governmental Organisations Policy

Persons With Disabilities

Probation Services

Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities

Social Welfare Policy

Street Children

Supporting Self Help Initiatives

Welfare Service and Counselling Organisations

Statutory Bodies/Institutions:

Council Of Non-Governmental Organisations

Insakwe Probational Hostel

Juvenile Correctional Institutions

Nakambala Approved School

National Trust for the Disabled

National Vocational Rehabilitation Centre

Ndola Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities

Non-Governmental Organisations Registration Board

Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Zambia National Library and Cultural Centre for the Blind

Statutory Functions
Statutory functions of the Ministry are supported by the following pieces of legislation:-
Adoptions Act Cap. 54;
Juveniles Act Cap 53;
Non-Governmental Organizations Act. No. 16 of 2009;
Persons with Disabilities Act. No. 6 of 2012;
Probation of Offenders Act Cap 93;