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WC dept launches programme to help child abuse victims

The Western Cape Social Development Department's Sihle Ngobese says the initiative was launched by building a network of volunteers to act as an early warning system to spot children at risk of abuse.

Western Cape Social Development Department Albet Fritz. Picture: @AlbertFritz_DA/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - A new initiative aimed at speeding up interventions to help child abuse victims has been launched.

The Western Cape Social Development Department will be rolling out its “Eye-on-the-child” programme.

The department's Sihle Ngobese explains how it works.

“The minister announced the adoption and roll out of the eye-on-the-child programme in the Western Cape. Social development will roll out the programme by building a network of volunteers who are recruited, vetted, trained, and of course paid a stipend, to act as an early warning system to spot children at risk,” he said.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)