National Child Protection Week is commemorated annually to raise awareness about the need for everyone in society to protect the rights of children. It aims to mobilise all sectors of society to care for, and protect children. It further allows us to shine a spotlight on children’s issues; highlight successes and identify what still needs to be done. The campaign is led by the Department of Social Development in partnership with key government departments and civil society organisations rendering child protection services. This year’s Child Protection Week will be held from 30 May to 6 June 2020 under the theme “Let us protect children during COVID-19 and Beyond”.

The theme is a powerful clarion call for everyone to ensure that the most vulnerable in our society do not suffer abuse, neglect, violence or exploitation.