Child Protection Week 2023

Child Protection Week is commemorated in the country annually to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and Children's Act (Act No. 38 of 2005). The campaign is led by the Department of Social Development in partnership with key government departments and civil society organisations rendering child protection services.

Child Protection Week in South Africa serves as a platform to raise awareness about the rights, needs, and vulnerabilities of children. It is an opportunity to educate individuals, families, communities, and institutions about the crucial role they play in safeguarding children's well-being. This year’s theme is ‘Let us Protect Children during Covid-19 and Beyond’.

According to the Center for Global Development there is a wealth of evidence that shows that social grants for child care are good for their health and welfare: children who receive social grants saw improved nutrition, more schooling, and less labour-force participation, and were more likely to possess formal identity documents. Below is a list of social grants that the government distributes for child care.

Child Protection Week


You can get help at:

Childline South Africa: 0800 055 555 Child Welfare South Africa: 0861 4 CHILD (24453) / 011 452-4110 / e-mail:


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