The Department of Social Development (DSD) in the Western Cape says there has been an increase in reports of child neglect in the province.
As the country observes National Children’s Day, Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez says the COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions have also played a big role in kids’ psychological, social and physical well-being.
“We are all doing our best to process the change brought forth by the pandemic. Whilst many of us are aware that this period of disturbance will be temporary, we will slowly return to the way we normally did things, for our younger citizens, and depending on their age, this may not be such an obvious thought. In this regard, let us rise to the occasion to ensure that protecting the rights of children has to be at the top of society’s agenda,” says
Fernandez has urged the community to work together in identifying warning signs of abuse or neglect and reporting them.
“Child protection services within DSD and government has been and is still available to communities 365 days a year. While we are seeing an increase in child neglect and abuse, I wish to encourage families, communities, NPO’s, all stakeholders to not ignore any warning signs but to rather approach their nearest DSD office for help and support,” says Fernandez.