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National Child Protection Week (CPW) is commemorated in South Africa annually to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Children's Act of 2005. Reducing the high levels of violence against children is among South Africa's most overwhelming tasks. Despite the country's progressive child protection laws, policies and programs preventing and addressing violence against children, it remains a major challenge.
Dingleton SAPS, Kuruman K9 unit and the departments of Education and Social Development took an initiative to inform children about their safety at Sishen Primary School on 01 June 2017.  Pupils were
encouraged to stay away from drugs and make sure they surround themselves with good friends and a safe environment.
“Leaders and partners are encouraged to use the same messages to communicate a collective approach to the scourge against child violence and abuse. As a society, we must raise awareness on the rights of child-ren and increase access to supporting ser-vices and programs” said Sergeant Lesego Mildred Mocwi from SAPS. She also said it is everyone's responsibility to make sure kids are not exposed to kidnapping, rape, exploitation and trafficking or any other form of violence.