National Child Protection Week is observed in South Africa annually to raise awareness of the rights of children. The campaign, which began in 1997, also aims to mobilise all sectors of society to ensure the care and protection of children. The theme for this year is “let us protect children to move South Africa forward”. The campaign took place from the 28 May 2017 to 4 June 2017.
It is the right of every child to be protected and it is the responsibility of every South African to ensure that this is upheld. Creating a safe environment for children is imperative. Childline KZN works with the community and our community stakeholders to ensure that children can live in a safer environment. This year, we embarked on several child protection programmes to create awareness on the Protection of Children.
On 31 May 2017, Childline KZN in collaboration with Chatsworth Youth Centre hosted a workshop on bullying. Informative talks were given by the Department of Social Development and the Human Rights Commission. The learners engaged in meaningful group activities and spoke about how they could curb the problem of bullying at schools.
We encourage you to join us in eradicating abuse and creating a safer world for our children. “There are generally three parties to child abuse: the abused, the abuser and the bystander”- Louise Penny.
Let’s not be bystanders.
Should you have any queries kindly contact our Childline office on 031 312 0904 or Clive Pillay, Programmes Co-ordinator at Chatsworth Youth Centre on 061 4292 574.
If you are worried about a situation, contact:
- The South African Police – 10111
- Childline/Lifeline – 08000 55555