Safety and Security
Safe and Clean Environments
- Children are very susceptible to illness and injury, so spaces for children should be kept safe and clean (this includes homes, ECD Centers, play areas, outdoor spaces).
- Ensure children are protected from sewage and keep environments free from open defecation.
- Keep areas safe from hazards (broken glasses, chemicals, electrical sockets/wires).
- Teach children about road safety and protect them from busy roads.
Alcohol and Substance Abuse
- Alcohol and substance abuse in homes increases the risk of children being mistreated and can severely impact child development.
- Do not drink or use substances while pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Do not expose children to drugs or alcohol, or to adults under the influence of substances.
- Protect children from alcohol within communities and keep them away from shebeens.
- Violence is a big problem in our community. Keep children protected from violence and shield them from. Violence by providing love and care.
- Speak. To your children about the risks of child abuse and encourage them to tell you about anything that makes them uncomfortable.
- Teach your children about their ‘private’ areas on their bodies (genitals and anus) and believe them if they report any instances of inappropriate behaviour.
- Remember – its very rare for children to lie about abuse and in most instances, child abuse is committed by someone known to the child (family member, trusted adult, friend).