Going green for child protection

2018-10-04 06:02

Local child care agency Give a Child a Home is running a Child Protection Awareness campaign in schools. This comes as a result of an increase in reports of child abductions and child abuse/killings.

Port Shepstone Juniour Primary will be the first to participate in the campaign on Thursday, September 27. The school’s educators will be attending a full Protective Behaviours workshop to empower them to be child protection ambassadors.

The campaign will see the children attend school in civvies and “Going green for child protection” (the colour of the official child protection ribbon) to show their support for child protection. They will also be donating towards child protection. A team of Protective Behaviours Practitioners will be attending the school to talk to the children.

Since we cannot protect our children 24/7, the organisation aims to empower the public with protection tools that may not guarantee your child’s safety, but are guaranteed to raise your child’s awareness of their own safety and the safety of those around them.

According to the organisation, perpetrators can spot and will stay away from children who are educated and aware.

Give a Child a Family has decided to run a campaign with local schools that would empower schools to be Child Safety Zones using one of their programmes — Protective Behaviours.

Protective Behaviours is a personal safety program aimed at promoting resilience in children, young people, and adults, using empowerment strategies, clear communication, and awareness of “safe” behaviours and spaces.

As part of the campaign, Give a Child a Family will give a short Protective Behaviours Workshop at the school’s assembly or in class.

The children will either pay R5, or an amount dictated by the school, in order to create a sense of empathy.

“Building an understanding of what others are feeling, how their own actions can impact others, and why someone might be experiencing feelings at a particular time is a valuable life skill for children to possess,” said the organisation.

Why helping young children develop a strong sense of empathy is beneficial

• It helps them to build a sense of security and stronger relationships with other children and educators, positioning them well for learning

• It encourages tolerance and acceptance of others

• It promotes good mental health

• It promotes social harmony and can reduce the likelihood of bullying

The donations will assist in giving the children in the organisation’s residential care a future. There are about 60 children at any given time who have been rescued from dire situations. Funds are needed to house them, feed them, clothe them, and provide them all the necessary help that they need.

A total of seven local schools have been invited to participate in the campaign, most of which will do so next term.


Local child care agency, Give a Child a Home, is running a Child Protection Awareness campaign in schools. This comes as a result of an increase in reports on child abductions and child abuse/killings.

Port Shepstone Juniour Primary will be the first to participate in the campaign on Thursday, September 27. All the educators be going to a full Protective Behaviours workshop to empower them to be child protection ambassadors. The children will be wearing green to show their support for child protection, they will be donating towards child protection, and a team of Protective Behaviours Practitioners will be attending the school to talk to the children.

Since we cannot protect our children 24/7, the organisation, aims to educate the public with protection tools that may not guarantee your child’s safety, but are guaranteed to raise your child’s awareness of their own safety and the safety of those around them. According to the organisation, perpetrators can spot and will stay away from children who are educated and aware.

Give a Child a Family has decided to run a campaign with local schools that would empower schools to be Child Safety Zones using one of their programmes called Protective Behaviours. Protective Behaviours is a personal safety program, aiming to promote resilience in children, young people, and adults, using empowerment strategies, clear communication, and awareness of “safe” behaviours and spaces.

The children of participating schools will wear civvies on the day, and “Going green for child protection”. Many people may not know that the ribbon for child protection is green.

As part of the campaign, Give a Child a Family will give a short Protective Behaviours Workshop at the school’s assembly or in class. The children will pay R5 or whatever amount the school is comfortable with to create a sense empathy. “Building an understanding of what others are feeling, how their own actions can impact others, and why someone might be experiencing feelings at a particular time is a valuable life skill for children to possess,” says the organisation.

Helping young children to develop a strong sense of empathy is beneficial because:

•It helps them to build a sense of security and stronger relationships with other children and educators, positioning them well for learning

•It encourages tolerance and acceptance of others

•It promotes good mental health

•It promotes social harmony and can reduce the likelihood of bullying

The R5 will also assist in giving the children in the organisation’s residential care a future. There are about 60 children at any given time who have been rescued from dire situations. Funds are needed to house them, feed them, clothe them and provide them all the necessary help that they need.

A total of 7 local schools have been invited to participate in the campaign, most of which will do so next term.

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