Child protection information-sharing in Musina

Outreach Foundation, in collaboration with Musina’s Department of Social Development, went to Rehoshebah Independent Academy in Musina on Friday, 9th June 2023, to mark the end of Child Protection Week.

During the intervention, Outreach Foundation’s social workers spoke to the children about what to do in the event of child abuse, violence, rape, substance abuse and bullying.

The children were asked what they thought each topic was about and were encouraged to share their thoughts about each.

Additionally, they were taught a song that was easy to remember regarding what to do in the event that someone touches their bodies inappropriately.

Another topic raised was financial abuse. The social workers explained what this was and how it can impact the children. This was a fairly unknown topic to the children, who were surprised that there was such a thing.

Child Protection Week took place from 29th May to 5th June 2023. It is a week commemorated annually to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and the Children’s Act (Act 38 of 2005).

Outreach Foundation’s counselling department offers the following:
* Family preservation services such as crisis intervention, individual counselling,
couple counselling, trauma counselling, gender-based violence counselling and
support, family reunification, and school placements

* Migrant support services

* Substance abuse support such as pre-rehab intake and preparation, counselling
and aftercare processes.

The department also advocates for children’s rights, school placement, access to hospitals, access to food and shelter and facilitation of documentation applications and hosts workshops on gender equity and gender-based violence, economic empowerment for men and women, parenting, career guidance, substance abuse, human rights and labour issues and immigration challenges and documentation awareness.

To contact the organisation, phone 011 720 7011 or email it on