Safety workshop for children

2018-05-01 06:01
Police and RCID meet the community halfway.

Police and RCID meet the community halfway.

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Rondebosch police and the Rondebosch Community Improvement District (RCID) are calling on locals to take advantage of the mobile Childminders’ Safety Workshop.

The workshop, which has been running at the station for the past 12 years through the domestic violence programme, is now being taken to the community to make it more accessible to most childminders.

Police and the RCID will hold workshops at venues identified by the public. “We are bringing our services to the people. This initiative is a spin on our ongoing programme, the difference being that we will be holding it at the comfortable venues of their choice. We educate them about safety of both the guardian and the child from the moment the guardian leaves home for work to the moment they return later in the day. It is little details that put children at risk, such as allowing strangers to take photographs, telling names and opening your home to them,” says Warrant Officer Lyndon Sisam.

Sisam says there is currently an alarming scam going on in Rondebosch where childminders often unknowingly let suspects into their premises. He says the scam involves perpetrators who pose as Telkom employees fixing lines or someone posing as a gardener next door needing to access the neighbour’s house to perform their duties.

“We need to constantly warm people about these things. We hope to have regular workshops in the long run. Previously we held them every three months but we find that childminders are unable to attend domestic violence workshops.”

Sisam says the idea is to bring community members together and educate them on how to protect children and their homes at all times. He says this is due to the increase in violence against children in the City and the lack of knowledge within society. He says most incidents could be prevented if the correct information is shared among people.

Shirley Aldum of the RCID says the initiative introduces a new concept of hosting safety workshops in somebody’s lounge where they are encouraged to invite other people to come and share their opinions and learn. She urges the public to make use of the opportunity to protect their children.

Aldum says they currently have seven women and hope to see the numbers growing. Anyone who is interested in such a workshop can contact Aldum on 072 348 2008 or at rcid@telkomsa.net.

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