Keeping Children Safe

Keeping Children Safe

A research study called Optimus was carried out in 2015 with just under 10,000 15-17 year olds by The University of Cape Town and The Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention. The aim was to discover the scale of rolex replica abuse and violence children in South Africa are facing.

“The initial results show that by the time South African children are 15-17 years old, many of them had already experienced sexual, physical or emotional abuse, neglect, or had been exposed to high levels of family and community violence. More specifically:

• One in five (19.8%) young people reported having experienced some form of sexual abuse in their lifetimes. This was true for both boys (20.3%) and girls (19.2%).

• More than a third (34.4%) of respondents reported having ever been hit, beaten, kicked or physically hurt by an adult who was supposed to be taking care of them;

• A total of 16.1% – one in six young people – reported experiencing emotional abuse. Girls reported higher rates than boys.

• One fifth (21.3%) of respondents reported experiencing any form of neglect ever in their lives.

• One in five (23.1%) young people had ever witnessed violence perpetrated by an adult caregiver against a sibling or another adult in their homes”

The aim of Soul Action’s Keeping Children Safe Training course is to enable Churches and NGOs to create child protection policies and procedures to help them protect the children they work with. In a society where child abuse is happening so regularly, as seen in this recent research, organisations working with children need to be prepared to prevent opportunities for abuse but also aware of how to support children who have been abused so they get the help and justice that they need in the best possible way.

In August six churches/ NGOs attended our training programme. Together we looked at; the different types of abuse and how to recognise these, the impact of hublot replica faith and culture on how we protect children and how to create policies and procedures for our organisations that can be applied and effective. Each NGO went away to create their own policies and then came back together for a morning to talk through issues or questions that had arisen during this process. This session showed the benefit of going through this process with other like-minded organisations as it provided a space where people were open about problems they were facing and this enabled discussion, ideas and encouragement from others on how to face those issues.

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[1] The University of Cape Town and The Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention; The Optimus Study On Child Abuse, Violence and Neglect in SA  Research Bulletin ( 31 July, 2015) https://www.uct.ac.za/usr/press/2015/OptimusStudy_31July2015.pdf


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