“Let us all protect children to move South Africa forward”.
28 May – 4 June is Child Protection Week and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I think we are all aware of the recent fatal crimes against children in the Western Cape, and as a parent – it’s extremely hard to think of what these children’s families must be going through. I’m angry, hurt and cannot fathom how anybody could want to inflict harm on a child.
The sad part about these crimes is that in many of these cases, the perpetrator is somebody the child knows and that the family trusts. How does one ever get over the loss of a child, especially under these circumstances?
Child protection week is here to raise awareness for the rights of our kids. It aims to mobilise all sectors of society to care for and protect children. This week, SASSA will highlight a number of children’s issues and identify what still needs to be done – clearly, there’s a lot. It’s however not only the government’s responsibility, but all South Africans play a role in protecting children and creating a safe and secure environment for them.
Every child has the right to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation according to the constitution. There’s also other regulations such as the Child Protection Act and Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act. Despite these measures, children in this country are still vulnerable to abuse, neglect and exploitation.
In our communities and as a society, we have to do more to ensure that the most vulnerable do not suffer abuse. We have the power to stop the cycle of neglect, abuse, violence and exploitation of children in our country. If we work together, we can create safer and healthier communities so that our children can thrive.
How can we do this?
- Your Child Is My Child – protect every child as your own!
- Make sure that children are always supervised and in good, trustworthy care at all times
- Talk to your children and LISTEN to what they are telling you
- Put our children’s needs FIRST – they are the future.
- Be part of your community and work together to make your neighbourhood a safer place for children.
All South Africans are asked to support Child Protection Week by wearing a green ribbon, so please do so.
** This post is sponsored by Pampers