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The importance of outreach

It is a moral obligation for all of us to protect every child as if it were our own daughter/son, niece/nephew, sister/brother or granddaughter/ grandson or friend. Every child deserves to grow up in a safe environment, free from abuse, exploitation and violence.

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Here’s how you can contribute to becoming part of the solution towards protecting children from abuse:

Parents and relatives
Parents/relatives should look out for children; Teach them how to be safe with people; Learn about child abuse, neglect and warning signs.

Neighbours and teachers
Neighbours/ teachers can help by taking the time! Sometimes the cries for help aren’t so obvious. If worried about a child, don’t stay silent.

Media and experts
Media and experts can raise awareness, and help change the focus of child abuse to prevention.

Policy makers can help make prevention a priority! Review protective legislation and enforcement, strengthen existing facilities and provide better services for recovery and reintegration.

Businesses can sponsor outreach programmes that work towards preventing child abuse and help raise awareness on the pressing issue.

If you’re still wondering what you can do personally, an easy way for you to help make a difference is to remember the 4R’s in the Rise Against Child Abuse:

Raise Awareness – educate yourself and everyone around you about child abuse and how it can be prevented

Recognize Signs – learn about the warning signs, including signs of distress and risks that can lead to abuse. You may be able to catch the problem early on or intervene to get the child the help they need.

Report Abuse – suspected child abuse must be reported, not overlooked. Calls can be made anonymously to the Child Helpline 1412 or Police Helpline 3000600. Reporting abuse can help protect a child.

Reach Out – Offer support to the cause, a child or parent in need. Outreach can not only help prevent child abuse, but also offer a glimpse of hope to those who have had to suffer in silence.