Child Protection Week 2023 took place from 29 May to 6 June to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and Children's Act (Act No. 38 of 2005). The campaign is led by the Department of Social Development in partnership with key government departments and civil society organisations rendering child protection services.
Government calls on all South Africans to support Child Protection Week by ensuring that the most vulnerable in our society do not suffer abuse. It is in our hands to stop the cycle of neglect, abuse, violence and exploitation of children. Children in South Africa live in a society with a Constitution that has the highest regard for their rights and for the equality and dignity of everyone. Protecting children from violence, exploitation and abuse is not only a basic value but also an obligation clearly set out in Article 28 of the South African Constitution.
Sikhula Sonke actively works in eight informal areas of Khayelitsha to raise awareness of the need for child protection and respond to the plight of vulnerable children. During Child Protection Week our teams travel to different areas to hold community dialogues with leaders, parents and caregivers. We also use local radio stations and in-person interviews to speak about child protection and the rights of children.
In addition to the discussions, our social work team offer counselling, provide access to resources and identify areas of difficulty so that they can support the communities.
The Department of Social Development has a 24-hour call centre dedicated to provide support and counselling to victims of gender-based violence:
You can also get help at:
Above: Community dialogues held in Enkanini and K2 Section