The National Child Protection Week (CPW) commences annually from the 28th of May to the 4th of June to raise awareness for the rights of children enshrined in the Children's Act of 2005. This programme has a special focus on issues facing South Africans under the age of 18.
The Department of Social Development has launched this year’s National Child protection week under the theme “Lets us all Protect Children to Move South Africa Forward”. The Department's campaign will seek to raise awareness and educate society about the rights of children.
The PSCBC deems it important that all South Africans should play a role in protecting children and to ensure the safety, care and well-being for them. The Bill of Rights in the Constitution states that every child has the right to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation.
Despite efforts of the South African government and civil society to protect children from child abuse, neglect and exploitation, many children still remain vulnerable.
As a society we have a duty to further ensure that the most vulnerable in our society do not suffer abuse. By working in unison we can create safer and healthier communities for our children to thrive.
The PSCBC calls on all our fellow South Africans to support Child Protection Week by wearing a green ribbon. The green ribbon displays your commitment and support in protecting the rights of children. Take a stand and get active – do your bit for our future leaders.