Upholding children’s rights

2018-11-20 06:01

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

ON November 3, South Africa commemorated Children’s Day — a day set aside to celebrate children and highlight the progress being made towards the realisation and promotion of children’s rights.

Worldwide, The United Nation’s (UN) Universal Children’s Day is set to be commemorated on November 20.

Established in 1954, this day is annually observed to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide and improving children’s welfare.

According to Section 28 in the constitution of South Africa, a child is a person under the age of 18, and their best interests are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child.

ACCORDING TO THE CONSTITUTION, EVERY CHILD HAS THE RIGHT:

— To a name and a nationality from birth;

— To family care or parental care, or to appropriate alternative care when removed from the family environment;

— To basic nutrition, shelter, basic health care services and social services;

— To be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation;

— To be protected from exploitative labour practices;

— Not to be required or permitted to perform work or provide services that are inappropriate for a person of that child’s age; or place at risk the child’s well-being, education, physical or mental health or spiritual, moral or social development;

— Not to be detained except as a measure of last resort, in which case, in addition to the rights a child enjoys under sections 12 and 35, the child may be detained only for the shortest appropriate period of time, and has the right to be kept separately from detained persons over the age of 18 years; and treated in a manner, and kept in conditions, that take account of the child’s age;

— To have a legal practitioner assigned to the child by the state, and at state expense, in civil proceedings affecting the child, if substantial injustice would otherwise result;

— Not to be used directly in armed conflict, and to be protected in times of armed conflict.

If any of the above rights are violated, cases must be reported to the SAPS, Childline, or a welfare society.

NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

SQL Reporter

Cape Town
Communicate Cape Town IT
R10 000.00 - R12 000.00 Per Month

Reporting Accountant

Cape Town
Network Finance Professional / Prudential
R310 000.00 - R360 000.00 Per Year

HSE Manager

Cape Town
Tumaini Consulting
R550 000.00 - R650 000.00 Per Year

Property [change area]

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.