News in South Africa
Child Protection Week
Announcement from Government Communications: CHILD PROTECTION WEEK – 24- 30 May 2010
“Working together we can do more to develop caring communities that protect our children”
This is the 13th year of the annual national Child Protection Week campaign to educate and mobilise communities to put children first, led by the Department of Social Development.
The concept of Child Protection Week stems from the African proverb: “It takes a village to raise a child” emphasising the role of the wider community in keeping children safe.
Citizens, families and communities must ensure that we do not become silent partners of this disease of child abuse and neglect, and report such cases to the authorities promptly.
Our responsibility is to report such cases without delay and show our support by wearing a Green Ribbon, which is the official logo of the campaign. This symbolises protection, life and growth.
This year, the Child Protection Week will be used to launch the National Action Plan to protect children during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and beyond.
The Children's Act, 2005 (Act 38 of 2005), (as amended), came into operation on 1 April 2010. The Act sets out principles relating to the care and protection of children, defines parental responsibilities and rights and provides for matters such as children's courts, adoption, child abduction and surrogate motherhood. As the main piece of legislation pertaining to the protection of children, the Act will be officially launched on 24 May 2010 to kick start the Child Protection Week.
A bouquet of programmes and services are required to ensure that we provide a safe and nurturing environment for our children to develop. The dedicated Ministry of Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities is mandated to monitor and evaluate the protection of children’s rights by organs of state, civil society and the private sector.
For more information, visit :http://www.gcis.gov.za/resource_centre/news_and_mags/buabriefs/100505-5.htm#sec1
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