CHILD PROTECTION WEEK: A PARTNERSHIP APPROACH
National Child Protection Week (CPW) is commemorated in South Africa annually to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Children's Act of 2005. The campaign is led by the Minister of Social Development; however it is incumbent on all of us to play a role in protecting children and creating a safe and secure environment for them. Children in South Africa live in a society with a Constitution that has the highest regard for their rights and for the equality and dignity of everyone. The aim of child protection is to ensure the safety, well-being, care and protection of children through an integrated multi-disciplinary approach.
Reducing the high levels of violence against children is among South Africa’s most overwhelming tasks, yet it requires a partnership approach.
Says Ronel van Zyl, Director of Social Services at Badisa, “Children is our future, yet, they are treated as if they are worthless. They suffer abuse and neglect at the hands of their parents and primary caregivers and the cycle of abuse leads to a future generation of parents who also abuse or neglect their children. Our communities are disintegrating and lacking moral fibre. The change in family structures, lack of support for new parents and the pressure of modern day living are all contributing factors. We need to start creating communities that care for their children, raise awareness and intervene before it is too late”.
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