Child Protection Week

Child Protection Week is an annual event that raises awareness of children’s rights in South Africa in line with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and the Children’s Act (Act No. 38 of 2005). Child Protection Week is celebrated from May 28 to June 4. The year’s theme is “Let Us Protect Children During COVID-19 and Beyond.”

The Department of Social Development (DSD) leads the Child Protection Week campaign in collaboration with government departments and civil society organisations providing child protection services.

In South Africa, violence against women and children continues to be a serious issue. Despite a decrease in some crimes against women and children, according to the fourth quarter’s crime statistics, which the Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele, revealed on Tuesday, these groups continue to experience abuse and violence.

The statistics for the fourth quarter showed that, in comparison to the same period last year, 29 more children were the targets of attempted murder. There were 360 additional attempted murder incidents involving children that were registered and investigated by the SAPS. Violence, mostly at the hands of men, still plagues the children and women of this country.

Since children are essential components of society, protecting them is something that the community should undertake. Children need greater protection since they are among the most vulnerable people in society. They rely on their parents and families for care and safety.

For victims of gender-based violence, the DSD has a 24-hour call centre that offers assistance and counselling. To speak to a social worker for support and counselling, dial the toll-free number: 0800 428 428 (0800 GBV GBV).

Callers can also ask the Command Centre’s social workers to get in touch with them by dialling *120*7867# (free) from any cellphone.

Additionally, assistance is available at:

Childline South Africa: 0800 055 555 / Child Welfare South Africa: 0861 4 CHILD (24453) / 011 452-4110 / e-mail: