Department hosts focus group

2018-06-12 06:01
Some of the Grade 7 learners who attended the focus group last week

Some of the Grade 7 learners who attended the focus group last week

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As part of Child Protection Week, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) hosted 56 Grade 7 learners for a Child Resilience Focus Group last week. The programme was presented by MEC Albert Fritz.

The learners came from Parkfields Primary in Hanover Park, Isigcawu Primary in Crossroads and Bongolethu Primary in Browns Farm.

The focus group dealt with anxiety the learners may experience due to the looming transition to high school next year. In addition, the sessions tackled issues the learners faced at school and where they live.

Among issues discussed was gangsterism, which affects a learner’s safety. A learner from Isigcawu related how gang members accost learners, demanding their books, lunch packs or money.

Learners from Parkfields Primary mentioned substance abuse and how it fuels violence. Social workers were on hand to assist with any psychosocial issues that arose.

The DSD promised to remain committed to defending children’s rights and to render quality services. The largest share of its budget, R694m, went to tackling child abuse, neglect and abandonment.

V The DSD continues calls on parents and the public to report cases of child abuse to a social worker at local and regional offices, or by calling 080 022 0250.

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