Child care in focus

2017-05-30 06:02

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With child protection week observed between the Sunday 28 May and Sunday 4 June, police have offered the following tips for parents and gardians.

Children are catagorised as anyone under the age of 18-years-old.

. Act in the best interest of all children, they need our support and protection.

. Discourage inappropriate behavior towards children.

. Call the police if you have a strong suspicion, when a child could be in danger of being abused, exploited or trafficked.

. Keep an eye, and intervene immediately, don’t wait until something happens.

. Get involved or establish a child protection group, such as the Walking Bus project, to reduce risk for children in your community.

. Support and organise appropriate fun educational and recreational activities for children and teenagers.

If a child is hurt or abused:

. Trust your gut and follow up on ­suspicions.

. Stay calm and don’t raise your voice.

. Make the child feel safe and loved if the child is scared and traumatised or feeling bad.

. Listen to what the child is telling you and not telling you.

. Collect and secure the necessary evidence where possible.

. Report incidents to police to ensure the child gets the medical examination he/she needs.

. Don’t ask too many questions, leave it to the professionals who will ensure that the child will receive counseling.

Police add that drug and alcohol abuse is also a major contributor of child ­neglect.

“Parents neglect their children and spend time and money buying alcohol and drugs rather than [spending money] on the child.

“It increases anti-social personality characteristics by the parents which increase the risk of child neglect. Be a role model for your child,” says a police ­report.

“It is also important to know if your child should go missing to please contact the police as soon as possible and to always educate them on the dangers in life.”

Police further encourages teenagers not to display expensive jewelry, mobile phones or other valuables while walking in the street and always to be aware of their surroundings.

Don’t walk close to the curb and face on-coming traffic.

V Important numbers to note: Call Child line on 08000 55 555, Child welfare on 0861 424 453 or the department of social development on 0800 220 250.

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