What’s Trending? #ChildProtectionWeek

National Child Protection Week kicked off yesterday (May 28) and will last until June 4. The purpose of CPW is to raise awareness about the rights of children.

The Department of Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini is leading the CPW campaign and every South African is urged to play a role during this social drive.

According to the South Africa Social Security Agency website, “NCPW is marked annually to raise awareness for the rights of children. It aims to mobilise all sectors of society to care for and protect children. CPW allows us to shine a spotlight on children’s issues; highlight successes and identify what still needs to be done.”

Section 28; Lists a number of rights held by children

These rights relate to domestic family life, child labour, education, imprisonment, and armed conflict. It is stated that “In this section, “child” means a person under the age of 18 years.“ and “A child’s best interests are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child.“

The rights listed are as follows:

  • ”to a name and a nationality from birth;”
  • ”to family care or parental care, or to appropriate alternative care when removed from the family environment;”
  • ”to basic nutrition, shelter, basic health care services and social services;”
  • ”to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation;”
  • ”to be protected from exploitative labour practices;”
  • ”not to be required or permitted to perform work or provide services that are inappropriate for a person of that child’s age; or place at risk the child’s well-being, education, physical or mental health or spiritual, moral or social development;”
  • ”not to be detained except as a measure of last resort, in which case, in addition to the rights a child enjoys under sections 12 and 35, the child may be detained only for the shortest appropriate period of time, and has the right to be kept separately from detained persons over the age of 18 years; and treated in a manner, and kept in conditions, that take account of the child’s age;”
  • ”to have a legal practitioner assigned to the child by the state, and at state expense, in civil proceedings affecting the child, if substantial injustice would otherwise result;”
  • ”not to be used directly in armed conflict, and to be protected in times of armed conflict.”

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