The humanitarian organisation UNICEF South Africa and the nonprofit organisation (NPO) Jelly Beanz have produced a resource booklet “Protect Children and Help them Heal,” which aims to assist caregivers to understand how children respond to trauma and how they can best care for and support children affected by violence.
The commencement of this specific booklet comes after millions of children are experiencing horrific levels of violence in the home, either as direct victims or as witnesses of domestic violence. Exposure to violence also has a profound impact on the development potential of children, including trauma that lasts throughout life and can impact adult behaviour and relationships.
According to recent statistics, one out of three 3 children experiences some form of sexual abuse during childhood (boys slightly more than girls.) 12% of the children experience neglect, 18% of children have already experienced physical abuse and 26% of children have experienced emotional abuse. This is why the booklet will provide these caregivers with information and guidance to empower them to protect and care for children who seek their help.
The launch of this booklet will take place on Wednesday, September 22, and will be distributed both physically and electronically via the Jelly Beanz and UNICEF websites and on their social media platforms, as well as through the communication platforms of other organisations working in this space.
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