Dept to ensure child grants are not abused

Concerns have been raised about the money issued by govt is not being used for the benefit of children.

Department of Social Development’s Minister Bathabile Dlamini and the SAPS Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega during the Child Protection Week Closing Ceremony. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Social Development Department says it's working on measures to ensure that child support grants awarded by the agency, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), are not abused.

Minister Bathabile Dlamini says concerns have been raised about the rate at which money issued by government is not being used for children's benefit.

During last week's Child Protection Week initiatives, children were afforded the opportunity to interact with the minister regarding their concerns and suggestions.

Reports have now been compiled based on the discussions.

Dlamini has called on social workers to play their role to prevent the reckless use of child support grants.

"Social workers, in their training, budgeting with families is very important and ensuring that families are what children need because grants money go with the child."

Meanwhile, as Child Protection Week ended on Sunday, officials said one of the worst dangers facing children in poor communities is violence.

Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA) said this doesn't mean the country should stop keeping our children safe.

The organisation's Betty Nieuwhout said the risks children face these days seem to be on the increase.

She said children in poor communities such as Eerste River are especially vulnerable to issues such as violence.

"Domestic violence, violence on the school grounds and even if the police are there, the peoples attitude is 'you aren't there to stop me'."

While the children were marching, they confidently held up placards with various messages such as, "Mom don't drink while you pregnant."

She said resources to assist children are sorely lacking in the country.