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Child Protection Week

Last week was Child Protection Week in South Africa. As part of their contribution to celebrate the event the National Children and Violence Trust, in conjunction with other partners including the

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Progressive Womans Movement of South Africa, organised a Peace Walk in Diepsloot. The walk started at Rabasotho Combined School, and ended at the Diepsloot Community Center. Over 250 learners, stakeholders, and staff from the NCVT took part in the walk.

After the walk speeches were delivered, then the dignitaries and learners were offered refreshments, before the learners were taken back to school.

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Child Protection Week

Child Protection Week 2018

Program for Child Protection Week  2018

Purpose of the Event

The purpose of the event is to create awareness around the number of violations of the children’s rights in the community of Diepsloot. It aims to recreate consciousness in the community members about the importance of keeping its children safe, and their basic needs so that they can develop into productive members of society in future. The event will be hosted by NCVT and Rabasotho Combined School.

 

Child Protection Peace Walk Program

The event is due to start at 10:00hrs at the Rabasotho Combined school where 350 learners will be prepared for a Peace Walk to the Youth Centre in Diepsloot. The learners, NCVT Staff, Volunteers and stake holders will be carrying plaque cards and condemning child abuse, child neglect and child trafficking in the Diepsloot community. The walk will end at the Diepsloot Community Centre where learners and stakeholders will deliver speeches condemning all the social ills against children. The learners will then be offered refreshments before they are taken back by transport that would have been arranged for them.

Participating stakeholder

  • Hope World Wide
  • SAPS
  • Childline
  • SANCA
  • SADAG
  • Teddy Bear Clinic
  • Bonalisedi
  • Ward Counsellors
  • JMPD
  • Emergency Services
  • Community Development Workers

Program for the Day:

At the School

  1. Prayer: Community Pastor
  2. Purpose for the Day: Mpumi Mndaweni
  3. The walk commences
  4. Arrival at the Venue
  5. NCVT Choir: Chorus
  6. Opening and Welcome : Counsellor
  7. Prayer: Mrs Judith Mthombeni
  8. NCVT Choir : Chorus
  9. NCVT Chairperson and Founder: Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize
  10. South African Police Service SAPS
  11. NCVT Choir : Chorus
  12. Rabasotho Combined School Principal: Mr Sadiki
  13. Learner’s Speech from Rabasotho Combined
  14. Closing: Mrs Judith Mthombeni
  15. Refreshments

The function of the Victim Empowerment Centres that are manned by NCVT.

Victim Empowerment Centres are centres that were established by the National Department of Social Development in partnership with the National Departments of Community Safety and SAPS. The aim of the centres is to alleviate the trauma experienced by victims of crime who come to the SAPS service centres. The clients are referred to the centres by Police after they have approached the police for various violations of their rights, mostly through crime and violence. Some of the clients are usually very traumatised by their experiences and even find it difficult to express themselves when they report to police at the service centre. These clients are referred to the centres in order to receive counselling services so that they can regain their proper social functioning. Some clients walk into the centres to get general social work services.
NCVT works in the following Police Stations:
• Diepsloot Police Station
• Cosmo City Police Station
• Honeydew Police Station
• Florida Police Station
• Rooderpoort Police Station
The major objectives of the program include the following:
• To promote a healthy lifestyle within families through family counselling
• To identify ways to assess and empower families who are affected by domestic violence and gender based violence.
• To provide psychosocial services to victims of domestic violence, crime and abuse
• To refer clients for further assessment and services.
• To provide child protection services to vulnerable children.

The following are the major services provided at the VECs.
• Trauma debriefing for victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes including accident victims.
• Counselling couples, and partners with relationships problems
• Dealing with all forms of abuse and providing services to victims of abuse
• Focusing on child protection and where possible facilitating the removal of children from abusive situations and referring them to the statutory social workers.
• The VEC provides a one-stop service to all clients who come to the centre to seek help and information on social issues.
• Awareness campaigns are conducted by NCVT staff and the aim is to make people to be aware of their rights to services like social grants, IDs, Foster care, Social Work services access to justice, educational and health services and where to get these. The community is also made aware of the services provided by NCVT in particular and other stakeholders in general.
As clients come into the centres, they are treated according to their presenting problems. If it is a crisis, for example, an abused child who needs removal, an immediate referral is made either to the Department of Social Development or to the organisations doing statutory services, as NCVT does not provide statutory services anymore. If the case is not an emergency, an intake is opened and the clients are referred to the VEC social worker who follows the case to its logical conclusion. Long term cases are referred to the VEP social workers.
A total of 565 cases were dealt with by the Victim Empowerment Program during the six months from October 2017 to March 2018. A total of 3199 beneficiaries were reached through awareness activates as described above.

Human Rights Day event held at Zandspruit Primary School.

In celebration of Human Rights Day, on the 15th of March 2018, an event was held at Zandspruit Primary School.

The event was divided into two sections;

  • Section 1 was for all learners and was addressed at the schools assembly’s point.
  • Section 2 was done with the grade 6 & 7 learners and was done as a dialogue with each and every class within these grades. The total number of classes was 10; five classes for each grade, approximately 1100 learners were involved.

The event was held with other stakeholders namely SANCA, City of Johannesburg, and SAPS. The theme of the Human Rights event was bullying and the adverse effects on learners and the community as a whole. Each organisation gave a presentation on the services offered by their organisation in respect of bullying. It was also explained to the learners why bullying is regarded as a Human Rights violation.

The learners were given the opportunity to share their understanding of bullying, as well as the effects on a learner (child) who has been bullied. They also learnt of the consequences that bullies would face.

Other teachers shared their views, indicating how NCVT’s psycho social services would help to eradicate the challenges that their school is facing. Teachers mentioned that other learners who are currently scared to share their experiences would become aware of the channels for speaking out and getting help.

The children were given string bags by NCVT for their participation in the dialogue.  Addressing the learners 01 Learners 02 Interaction with learners 01

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Human Rights Day event at Roodepoort Primary School

As part of National Children and Violence Trust’s (NCVT) activities around Human Rights Day, a talk was held at Roodepoort Primary School.

The topics discussed were:

  • Know your Rights and Responsibilities
  • Bullying and the effects of bullying

In addition to NCVT, SAPS (Roodepoort) and SANCA Soweto were also present, and explained to the learners the different services that they offered. They spoke about the different types of drugs, and the treatment they offered through their (SANCA) rehabilitation centres, for those who wanted to stop using drugs.

The NCVT Social Worker explained to the learners the different forms of bullying, and the effects bullying had on the victims. They advised that bullying is a violation of Human Rights, and that learners have a responsibility and duty to report bullying to the relevant authorities.

The learners were also informed about their Rights and Responsibilities.

During the talks learners were encouraged to ask questions. There was also a question and answer session where, if the learner answered the question correctly, a prize was given.Human Right Day Roodepoort Primary 01Learner interacting with an NCVT Social Worker

Human Rights Day Diepsloot
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Human Rights Day event held at Diepsloot

The Human Rights event was held at Diepsloot on the 14th of March 2018, to celebrate Humans Rights month at the Diepsloot Combined School with the grade seven learners. The event was held in collaboration with other stakeholders namely SANCA, SADAG and SAPS.
The theme of the Human Rights event is bullying and the effects of bullying on learners. Each organisation presented on the services offered by their organisation that address the issue of bullying. It was further explained why bullying is regarded as a human right violation. The children were given examples of the different forms of bullying and the actions the learners need to take to end bullying. The new phenomenon that is called “bullicide”, was explained where learners decide to take their lives because of being bullied. The children participating in the event was very keen and excited to be part of the discussion. They stated that they are being bullied by their peers and that bullying is a reality in the school. The children pledged to stand together with civil society and their teachers to take a stand against bullying. The children were given string bags by NCVT for participating in the discussion.

 

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