The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has launched the National Child Protection Week, which takes place from Sunday, May 30 to June 6.
In a statement, provincial minister Sharna Fernandez said the DSD is leading a campaign in partnership with civil society organisations rendering child protection services.
The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the official launch of the National Child Protection Week, which takes place from Sunday, 30 May to 6 June 2021. Read more here ➡️ https://t.co/2FEHYl8tl8 #ChildProtectionWeek2021 pic.twitter.com/LmoXjs3E1m
— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) May 30, 2021
Fernandez said while the country commemorates the Child Protection Week, there is also a need for reflection on the toll COVID-19 has taken on the physical, emotional, developmental, spiritual, and overall mental well-being of children.
“While we have less contact with each other due to the pandemic, we are duty-bound as a whole society, to remain vigilant, take the signs of abuse seriously, and report all pleas for help by vulnerable children immediately,” Fernandez said.
The minister said that society’s approach should be to strengthen the nation’s efforts against child abuse.
“Together, we must speak up for, and protect our children,” he said.
The department has also implemented a 24-hour call centre dedicated to providing support and counselling to victims of gender-based violence.
- The toll-free number to call is 0800 428 428 (0800 GBV GBV) to speak to a social worker for assistance and counselling.
- Callers can also request a social worker from the Command Centre to contact them by dialling *120*7867# (free) from any cellphone.
- You can also get help at Childline South Africa on 0800 055 555.
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