Child protection

Overview: Child Protection

Orphans and vulnerable children

Protection from violence and abuse





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Nearly one in four adolescent girls experience physical violence
10 October 2014 – Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF is issuing a new compilation of data revealing the magnitude of violence against adolescent girls and the alarming attitudes that perpetuate such abuse.

New global data expose acute prevalence of violence against children: UNICEF
4 September 2014 – The largest-ever compilation of data on violence against children shows the staggering extent of physical, sexual and emotional abuse -- and reveals the attitudes that perpetuate and justify violence, keeping it ‘hidden in plain sight’.

UNICEF South Africa along with the South African Government have joined hands in making the invisible, visible
22 July 2014 - UNICEF South Africa along with the South African Department of Social Development and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Gavin Rajah launched the End Violence Against Children Campaign today.

The gift of fatherhood
June 2014 - More than half of the children growing up in South Africa do so without a father present in the home. A confluence of history, poverty and harmful ideas about manhood has led to more and more men becoming absent in the lives of their children

Guiding vulnerable children towards a brighter future
April 2014 - As she writes down her name, the young girl’s brows furrow in concentration. Her hand is trembling slightly as she puts pen to paper, but the hint of a smile is playing on her lips.

On Universal Children’s Day, put hidden violence and abuse in the spotlight, says UNICEF
20 November 2013 – As the world marks Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF is urging a much stronger light be shone on the millions of children in every country and at every level of society who are victims of violence and abuse that continue to go unnoticed.

UNICEF concerned over harmful initiation practices
10 July 2013 - UNICEF expressed concern today over the reported deaths of several children as a result of harmful practices, including unsafe male circumcision, during recent initiation ceremonies.

See the child before the disability, UNICEF says
30 May 2013 – Children with disabilities and their communities would both benefit if society focused on what those children can achieve, rather than what they cannot do, according to UNICEF’s annual State of the World’s Children’s report released globally

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom spends a day with South African children
2 December 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom met with children and young people near Cape Town today to learn more about their lives and to spread the word about what they have to say.

UNICEF Ambassador Sir Alex Ferguson and Man Utd starlet Ben Amos take time out of South African tour to call for end to abuse of orphans and vulnerable children
18 July 2012: UNICEF Ambassador and Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson took time out to learn about the impact of violence and abuse on the country’s orphans and to call on communities to play an active role in protecting vulnerable children.

Understanding child poverty requires us to look at both challenges and progress
23 May 2012 – In the lead up to Child Protection Week, from 27 May to 3 June 2012, recent media coverage has highlighted the harsh realities facing children who live in poverty in South Africa.

Children have a right to be protected from corporal punishment
2 February 2012 -- UNICEF calls attention to international and national legislation protecting children from all forms of violence, abuse and maltreatment.

Expanding the circle of protection
8 August 2011 - Perhaps you’ve heard of the ‘model’ of community-based childcare, known as Isibindi? It was developed by the National Association of Child and Youth Care Workers in response to the impact of AIDS and poverty on South Africa’s children.

Child Care Work - Speaking to SELINAH NTUKA
Selinah Ntuka, has been a social care worker with ISIBINDI Kathorus in Katlehong, Johannesburg, since June 2006. She is a mother of two and takes care of her 11-year old niece. She spoke to us about her work and how she found her calling.

Support to a vulnerable child yearning for a mother’s love
A seven-year-old girl carries her little brother on her back, pretending to be just like Mommy; a young boy flies his home-made kite and a few elders sit on the sidewalk enjoying the breezy, hot open space near the Middelpos informal settlement...

Conference shines a light on potential hazards for street children during 2010
The large digital countdown clocks are visible at all the airports, the excitement is palpable, advertising on the theme of the 2010 FIFA World Cup is predominant and plans to accommodate an estimated 2.7 million spectators...

Gift’s Wish: Children dream of a nice meal, a safe home and a family in Musina
Gift Dube* is a bright, articulate and friendly boy. He loves playing football with his friends and going to school, where his favourite subjects are English and geography. But Gift’s is not the life of a typical youngster.

Impact on children: care and support for orphans and vulnerable children
The number of orphans in South Africa is growing. A UNAIDS estimate sets the total at two million, half of whom have lost their mother, father or both parents to AIDS. Read more...

South Africa’s One-Stop Child Justice Centres
Lester is one of 38 000 youths arrested for various crimes in the Western Cape each year. Read more...

A holistic plan of action helps turn the tide of hopelessness for children
A devoted team of nurses, doctors, social workers and community volunteers at nearby Prince Mshiyeni Hospital are digging deep to try and turn the tide of hopelessness especially for the area’s children. Read more...

Jabu's long walk to comfort
A Comfort Center that provides integrated services to victims of sexual abuse, a one-stop shop is what development organizations like UNICEF and other service providers in the public sector have been dreaming about. Read more...





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