What to do if you see children locked and left alone in a car?
Last week we once again heard of children left in a vehicle in the summer heat. As parents we sometimes do not realise how dangerous this can be. Sometimes we think it will be just a quick, at most 5 minutes, time to pick up or drop off something. This quick 5 minutes can change into a much longer time without us realising how long it has become. In this time so much can go wrong.This can also be classified as child abuse.
Ukukhanya will be hosting a workshop on ADHD on 04 December 2014.
The Helderberg ADHD Workshop will provide some great information for teachers, social workers, psychologists and parents will be presented.
CAPE TOWN – Parents have been warned, taking pictures of their naked babies and children and posting it to social media sites is a criminal offence.
Child Death Statistics South Africa
The Children’s Institute from the University of Cape Town in their briefing paper on Child Death Reviews gave some statistics that are rather shocking.
Did you know that the first South African National homicide study established that 1018 children died due to homicide in 2009 at a rate of 5.5 per 100 000 children under the age of 18 years. Globally the rate was 2.4 per 100 000 children.
Thank you to the kind and generous people of the Helderberg!
Last week many people in our community responded to an online appeal via our CEO Hilda Lourens and Ukukhanya for household goods to assist a woman in need. She had just escaped an abusive relationship with her children and almost nothing else.
You responded quickly and generously and enabled this member of our community to find her feet and start a new life. Please see below her letter of thanks. Those of you who were able to donate we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You have made a huge and positive difference to this family. Please see the letter below from the woman who received your kindness:
HOW TO EDUCATE YOUR CHILD ON BODY SAFETY: ONE PIECE TO THE PUZZLE
This is an article that has been copied from a website called TheMammaBearEffect please click on this link to read the article in its original format, and with pictures.
Ukukhanya seeks to prevent abuse in all forms, but does not specifically work with sexual abuse, if you suspect a child of being sexually abused please contact PATCH: 0218526110 If you suspect an adult (over 18y) is being sexually abused contact RAPE CRISIS: 0218525620
Below you will find age-by-age suggestions for educating children about their bodies & child body safety, and empowering them with techniques to deter the threat of sexual abuse.
Indicators Of Child Sexual Abuse
This information has been taken from a USA Government website, please click here to read the article in its original format.
UKUKHANYA DOES NOT DEAL WITH SEXUAL ABUSE, IF YOU SUSPECT SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD CONTACT PATCH: 0218526110
Educating your children is the first step in preventing sexual abuse in children, read about this here.
Sexual abuse may result in physical or behavioral manifestations. It is important that professionals and the public know what these are because they signal possible sexual abuse. However, very few manifestations (e.g., gonorrhea of the throat in a young child) are conclusive of sexual abuse. Most manifestations require careful investigation or assessment.
No 41 of 2007: Children’s Amendment Act, 2007
The following is an extract of our Children’s Amendment Act 2007
Reporting of abused or neglected child and children in need of care and protection
110. (1) Any correctional official, dentist, homeopath, immigration official, labour inspector, legal practitioner, medical practitioner, midwife, minister of religion, nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, psychologist, religious leader, social service professional, social worker, speech therapist, teacher, traditional health practitioner, traditional leader or member of staff or volunteer worker at a partial care facility, drop-in centre or child and youth care centre who on reasonable grounds concludes that a child has been abused in a manner causing physical injury, sexually abused or deliberately neglected, must report that conclusion in the prescribed form to a designated child protection organisation, the provincial department of social development or a police official.
Reporting Child Abuse
This post is specifically written for teachers and other educators so that they know how to go about reporting suspected child abuse. Child abuse can manifest in many ways and it is important we all understand that many types of situations can constitute abuse – starvation, malnutrition, violence, living with domestic violence or alcoholic parent/s, physical abuse (both sexual and non-sexual), discrimination, bullying… if in doubt please contact Ukukhanya and we will gladly talk to you about what to do and how to go about it.