CHILD PROTECTION WEEK - 27 May to 03 June 2018
Categories: HEADLINES, Social & Community
Birth to Twenty Plus Study: Analyzing Effects of Violence in the Lives of SA Children : Prof Shanaaz Mathews talks about findings of the recently published Birth to Twenty Plus (BT20+) study—which followed more than 2000 children in Soweto from birth to 22 years old (also known as Mandela’s Children)—shows that 99% of these children have been exposed to some form of direct or indirect violence during this period.
"Child protection statistics in South Africa paint a troubling picture: high proportions of the nation’s children victimised by violence. But in a country numbed by shocking crime statistics it is easy to lose sight of the children behind the numbers. It is why the stories of 11 child victims whose lives have been forever changed or ended by violence are so important."
Click this link to read the stories of the 11 child victims.
What we do to our children
They are either beaten by their parents, sexually abused by acquaintances or bullied on the playground. This is what almost all children in South Africa experience or are exposed to before they turn 18.
These findings have just been released by the Birth to Twenty Plus (Bt20+) study, conducted by the department of science and technology and the National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence in Human Development at Wits University.
Read the full article by clicking this link.
Children's' lives matter ! Let's do all we can to safeguard the lives of our children.
In closing :
"Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."
— James Baldwin, novelist and social critic
"Children are like wet cement whatever falls on them makes an impression."
— Haim Ginott, child psychologist