Children have never been more vulnerable and at risk than at this challenging time, and Child Protection Week (31 May – 7 June) reminds us that while children’s rights are firmly ingrained in our constitution, the reality on the ground is sadly very different…

Some children are returning to school amidst Covid fears, hunger and malnutrition are rising, abuse and neglect are exacerbated during lockdown, reported cases of abuse at hospitals and trauma centres have risen, alcohol sales have reopened around the same time that SASSA grants are paid (increasing food insecurity because some parents may choose to spend grants on liquor instead of food), and call volumes to suicide and depression helplines have drastically increased…

 

It reminds once again that your child is my child, that we need to advocate and speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves,that the roles of civil society and committed individuals have never been more important, and that we need to continue to stand in the gap for the most vulnerable in order to raise up a new generation of healthy, fearless, and productive young members of society.

 

 

Photo credits: Hannah Beth Photography