This week is Child Protection Week in South Africa, and Valcare is sharing their 10 ways people can take part and raise awareness.
Paarl, South Africa (31 May 2021) – Child Protection Week started on the 30th of May and runs until the 6th of June, 2021. The week is used to highlight all the ways we can protect our vulnerable children in South Africa.
Valcare is a social impact company that manages social investment funds and facilitates a network of hundreds of nonprofit membership organisations in the Cape Winelands. The company has been working with several organisations over the years and has a deep understanding of how to care for children and offer protection.
Leani Jansen van Vuuren shared with us how Valcare is encouraging people to raise awareness for Child Protection Week. These are the ten ways to raise awareness.
1. GO GREEN FOR AWARENESS
The Green Ribbon was adopted by the National Child Protection Committee in 1994 and symbolises life and growth associated with children as well as the nurturing of children.
Let your staff and volunteers wear green ribbons and tie green material or ribbons around the fences and trees of your organisation’s building. You can also let people write positive messages about child protection on cards and tie these messages together with green ribbons.
2. TEACH CHILDREN THEIR RIGHTS
Encourage child participation by doing activities together with the children in your organisation, church or family:
- Teach children their rights as outlined by the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child (CRC, 1990) and The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.
- Teach children protective behaviours and how to report abuse.
- Let the children make posters and banners with verses, statements and children’s rights written on them.
- Let your children plant a tree as a commitment to nurturing every generation so that the next generation may be stronger.
- Let your children write messages on green balloons and have a balloon ceremony.
3. EMPOWER YOUR STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS
Organise child protection training to equip your staff and volunteers to make child protection a priority, especially concerning the new Children’s Act. The next Child Protection Workshop will be presented to nonprofit organisations on 1 July 2021.
4. VISIBLE PROTESTS
Display child protection posters in your organisation and community to raise awareness for child protection.
5. PRAY TOGETHER
Visit www.worldweekendofprayer.com to download prayer and activity resources.
6. GET TALKING ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Create awareness for child protection by using the hashtag #ChildProtectionMonth and sharing stories and resources that could educate, inspire and inform.
7. HELP WITH IDENTIFICATION KITS
Equip and work together with parents to put Interim ID kits together for their children by downloading these kits at www.missingchildren.org.za. These kits may be helpful to speed up the process of locating a missing child.
8. PARTICIPATE IN #WORLDFOSTERDAY
World Foster Day is celebrated on 31 May 2019. To raise awareness, draw a smiley face on any three fingers, capture your family of smiley faces by taking a picture and share it on social media on 31 May using #worldfosterday. (For more info, click here).
9. JOIN FORCES FOR GREATER IMPACT
Partner together with churches and organisations in your community to launch child protection initiatives and forums.
10. UPDATE YOUR CHILD PROTECTION POLICIES
Ensure that your organisation has child protection policies in place, including the correct protocols when using the photos of children.
Another way of helping is to donate towards Valcare’s Education Support to empower organisations to support and empower our leaders of tomorrow. Click here to donate now.