Child Protection Week
(29 May 2017)

Child Protection Week

Child protection week

As May comes to an end and we get half way through the year, with the beginning of June, something very important also begins as this week marks Child Protection Week. A week dedicated to ensuring the safety of the future leaders of tomorrow.

Child Protection Week is running from Sunday to Sunday, 28 May – 4 June. This year, the week was launched at Langa High School in Cape Town with a lunch that was attended by the community and even ministers such Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize, who became the keynote speaker on behalf of the Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini, who could not attend. The lunch was to launch this year’s campaign, which focuses on raising awareness of the rights and responsibilities of children.

This year it focuses on issues children are facing such as all forms of child abuse and encourage society to speak up against any forms of abuse that they may see children facing. It is up to all South Africans to play their role in securing the safety of our youth, especially with all that seems to be happening right now to young children especially girls in the country.

The issue of child protection is such an important issue in the country that there is even a part of the Constitution that is dedicated to their protection, section 28 of the Constitution is dedicated to anyone younger than the age 18 years old. They are many acts which have been implemented such as The Child Justice Act (Act No. 75 of 2008), which establishes a separate criminal justice system for children in conflict with the law.

Children are a precious commodity in the world, as they ensure our survival and our place on earth. It is our duty as South Africans to look after our youth as they are the future leaders of our wonderful country.

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