Social Development urges parents to instil communication & openness in their homes

The week has been marred by several child killings and child rape cases across the country.

FILE: Children hold up placards with various messages during a march in Eerste River on 6 June, 2015. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Social Development Department has called on parents to instil the value of child participation and have open communication in their homes.

Child Protection Week draws to a close end today.

The week has been marred by several child killings and child rape cases across the country.

Social development minister Bathabile Dlamini ended off the campaign in Mpumalanga yesterday, under the theme "Let us all protect children to move South Africa forward".

Her spokesperson, Lumka Oliphant said, "Child participation is one of the things that we must know that it's not disrespectful but it makes the home more strengthened when we encourage our children talk because it builds trust."