The South African government based the legislation for National Child Protection Week (CPW) on the United Convention of Rights of the Child, as well as the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the Constitution.
The legislation aims to “mobilise all sectors of society” to ensure that children receive the care and protection they need.
The Minister of Social Development is tasked with enforcing the campaign. However, every citizen should take responsibility when it comes to creating a safe environment for children.
“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.”
This year’s theme is “Let us Protect All Children to Move South Africa Forward”. Furthermore, 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.
Details of Child Protection events
During the coming week, the government will spearhead activities and initiatives focused on matters that affect the welfare and well-being of South African children.
Specific focus will also be given to the most vulnerable children, including children with disabilities. The campaign will kick off with the commemoration of the International Children’s Day on 1 June.
The official launch of the 2019 Child Protection Week campaign
Date: Sunday, 2 June 2019
Time: 9:00 – 14:00
Venue: Chris Hani Sports Complex, Orange Farm-Gauteng Province
The official closing of the 2019 Child Protection Week campaign
Date: Sunday, 9 June 2019
Time: 9:00 – 14:00
Venue: eMalahleni, Mpumalanga Province (exact venue will be confirmed.)
Where to get help:
If you or anyone you know needs assistance or help of any kind, reach out to the Department of Social Development’s 24-hour pilot call centre dedicated to providing support and counselling to victims of gender-based violence:
- The toll-free number to speak to a social worker for assistance and counselling is 0800 428 428 (0800 GBV GBV)
- Callers can also request a social worker from the Command Centre to contact them. Simply dial *120*7867# from any cell phone, no network charges will apply.
- Childline South Africa: 0800 055 555
- Child Welfare South Africa: 0861 4 CHILD (24453) / 011 452-4110.