CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Social Development MEC Sharna Fernandez on Wednesday engaged with experts in the field of prevention and early intervention services in order to develop sustainable solutions to protect children.
According to the department, the need to address child protection at a systemic level, with a strong focus on the family, has been identified as a key priority area.
In a statement, Fernandez said that the well-being of the family is critical for the overall functioning of society and that any breakdown in a family's functioning and its ability to provide care, increases the vulnerability of its members.
“In order to safeguard the future of this country, we must focus on integrated prevention and early intervention programmes for our children that include both the boy and the girl child. Our government remains committed to investing in prevention and early intervention programmes. By making people more socially mobile, we are able to increase productivity, with the knock-on effect of reducing reliance on social welfare,” she said.
“In South Africa, child protection policy is inclusive and provides a legislative framework for promoting the well-being of families with children, especially the poor and vulnerable children in need of care and protection. However, we need to ensure that resource allocation, programme landscape and practice in child protection, shift from predominantly reactive approaches to preventive approaches,” added Fernandez.