“Protecting children from violence, exploitation and abuse is not only a basic value but also an obligation clearly set out in Article 28 of the South African Constitution.”
National Child Protection Week (CPW) is observed in South Africa annually [ 2 – 9 June] to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Children’s Act of 2005.
South Africa has drafted legislation, based on the United Convention of the Rights of the Child, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the Constitution.
The campaign began in 1997 and it aims to mobilise all sectors of society to ensure that children and cared for and protected. While the initiative is led by the Minister of Social Development, it is every citizen’s duty to 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. Protecting children from violence, exploitation and abuse is not only a basic value, but also an obligation clearly set out in Article 28 of the South African Constitution.
The week-long campaign focuses on “observing, protecting and promoting the rights of the child.”
Key areas of concern include child trafficking for child labour and sexual exploitation, as well as children in conflict with the law, children living and working in the streets.
In addition, child poverty and access to educational opportunities for children with disabilities also need attention. As well as the undocumented and unaccompanied children in society.
The Department of Social Development has a pilot a 24-hour call centre dedicated to provide support and counselling to victims of gender based violence:
The toll-free number to call is 0800 428 428 (0800 GBV GBV) to speak to a social worker for assistance and counselling.
Callers can also request a social worker from the Command Centre to contact them by dialing 1207867# (free) from any cell phone.
You can also get help at:
Childline South Africa: 0800 055 555
Child Welfare South Africa: 0861 4 CHILD (24453) / 011 452-4110 / e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org