Protecting children against social ills

2018-05-17 06:01

CHILD Protection Week is celebrated in South Africa on an annual basis from May 27 to June 2. The theme for 2018 is “Let us all protect children to move South Africa forward”.

In keeping with this theme and due to the high incidences of abuse in Tongaat, it has been found that preventative and educational awareness is urgently required.

Social workers will be presenting talks to primary school pupils during the week on how to protect themselves against sexual abuse, and how they can report incidences of abuse.

It is imperative for parents and caregivers to be aware of the whereabouts of their children at all times. Open communication with your children is essential to ensure their safety.

Information gathering, such as who the role-players are in your child’s life, can prevent abuse occurring.

The Tongaat Child and Family Welfare Society urges the community to be more vigilant and assist with the protection of our children.

The society said in a statement: “As a child protection organisation, we are seeking your assistance as parents and caregivers to prevent our children from being another statistic, as we have witnessed in the media over recent years.”

The society urged parents to instil healthy methods of discipline, and to love, care and give attention to their children in order to curb problematic behaviour. For inquiries about parenting skills, phone 032 944 1514.


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