national child protection week – working together to protect children.

National Child Protection Week (CPW) is commemorated in the country annually to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Children’s Act of 2005. The campaign that began in 1997 also aims to mobilise all sectors of society to ensure the care and protection of children. 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.

This year the CPW will be commemorated from 27 May to 2 June 2013. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Working Together to Protect Children”. The campaign will be launched on 27 May 2013 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, followed by the opening of an Orphans, Vulnerable Children and Youth Conference on the same day.

On 27 May the message of protecting vulnerable children will be brought to life by a symbolic mass awareness campaign which involves ships sounding their horns, followed by police and emergency vehicle blaring their sirens, and taxi drivers and the public hooting in solidarity.

At the same time, the public will be encouraged to brandish umbrellas and blow whistles. The umbrella symbolises protection and the giving of shelter and whistle blowing is synonymous with sounding an alarm.

The focus of the CPW 2013 will furthermore be on sensitising communities and families about children’s rights, including children with disabilities throughout the country. 

National Child Protection Week (CPW) is commemorated in the country annually to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Children’s Act of 2005. The campaign that began in 1997 also aims to mobilise all sectors of society to ensure the care and protection of children. 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.

The campaign which began in 1997 also aims to mobilise all sectors of society and communities in the effort of ensuring care and protection for children.
 
Despite this, many of South Africa’s children are still in danger.  
 
Research shows that more than 100 cases of child abuse are reported every week. 
 
And nearly 50,000 cases of crimes against children (under 18) were reported between 2011 and 2012.

http://cdnbakmi.kaltura.com/p/1054541/sp/105454100/serveFlavor/entryId/1_jitc7cyw/flavorId/1_p2ryx3av/name/a.3gp

(via SA gov and enca)

Over a hundred kids are reported to be abused in South Africa. Daily.

It is our responsibility as the now generation to not only work together to PROTECT our kids, but also to HEAL those who we have failed.

mj

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