Members of the SAPS at the Rietgat Police Station together with the Department of Health and local crèches visited Sibongile Early Learning Centre in Soshanguve Block FF to commemorate Child Protection Week.
The National Child Protection Week is observed annually in an effort to raise awareness around the rights of children as stipulated in the country’s constitution and the Children’s Act No.38 of 2005.
The campaign led by the Department of Social Development, government departments and civil society organisations rendering child protection services, saw about 170 children attending the event, where the children were educated on bullying, sexual assault, child abuse and child trafficking.
Rietgat police station has called on adults to ensure the protection of children, adding that parents need to keep children safe especially during the global corona virus pandemic. This call comes as children no longer go to school on a daily basis but are put on rotating schedules, meaning sometimes they go without adult supervision when they are not at school.
“Parents should also make sure that there’s at least someone older to take care of children at home and also make sure that their children have means of contact during times of emergency”, said Captain StephenMaluleka in a statement.
Furthermore, the children were reminded of the importance of reporting criminal activities to adults who then should report these to the SAPS.