President Zuma to launch child protection campaign
21 May 2012
President Jacob Zuma is to launch a national campaign for the protection of children and to promote the rights of children as articulated in the Children’s Act.
The campaign, known as Child Protection Week will be marked from 27 May to 3 June 2012 under the theme: “Working Together to Protect Children”.
The theme, adopted by the National Child Care and Protection Forum, upholds the government’s commitments to child protection, in partnership with civil society. The campaign will emphasise the responsibility of everyone to create a safe and secure environment for our children.
Government has in the past few years worked to ensure that the Constitution, legislation, policies, and international instruments are in place to provide statutory protection towards providing a better life for children.
"We invite parents, families, communities, the faith-based community, community based and non-governmental organisations, labour business and all sectors to join us in this important campaign for the protection of our children," said President Zuma.
The Children’s Act, which came into effect in April 2010 and is administered by the Department of Social Development, sets out the principles relating to the care and protection of children, and defines the related parental responsibilities and rights.
The objectives of the Children’s Act are as follows;
- to promote the preservation and strengthening of families;
- to give effect to certain constitutional rights of children;
- to give effect to the Republic’s obligations concerning the well-being of children in terms of international instruments binding on the Republic;
- to make provision for structures, services and means for promoting and monitoring the sound physical, psychological, intellectual, emotional and social development of children;
- to strengthen and develop community structures which can assist in providing care and protection for children;
- to protect children from discrimination, exploitation and any other physical, emotional or moral harm or hazards;
- to provide care and protection for children who are in need of care and protection;
- to recognise the special needs that children with disabilities may have; and
- generally, to promote the protection, development and well-being of children.
The President will be joined at the event by the Minister of Social Development Ms Bathabile Dlamini and the Minister for Women, Children and Persons with Disability Ms Lulu Xingwana.
The details of the event are as follows:
Date: 27 May 2012
Venue: Mayibuye Cultural Centre, Galeshewe, Kimberly
Cell: 079 879 3203
Issued by: The Presidency
21 May 2012
[ Top ]