Although the conviction rate of child abusers has reportedly risen, the revived special investigation unit for familial safety says communities need to partner with police in order to ensure the protection of the country’s children.
(Also read our article: How to intervene when witnessing child abuse.)
Brigadier Bafana Linda, Operational Head of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Investigations (FCS) Unit spoke 702’s John Robbie in the midst of National Child Protection Week (31 May to 7 June 2015).
Linda says that community members need to feel responsible for child safety and adopt an ‘every child is my child’ attitude.
According to Linda, public information and reports of suspicious activity have been very helpful in FCS unit investigations.
We as the police can’t fight this battle alone, and need communities to work with us.— Brigadier Bafana Linda,
Rising conviction rate
Linda says the conviction rate of child abusers is up to 75% and that the prosecution of offenders may help prevent other potential perpetrators, but child abductions remain a big concern.
The high sentencing issued by the courts is a deterrent to child abusers.— Brigadier Bafana Linda,
In addition to this, he added that safety starts in the home and that parents must practice child protection at home and educate their children about safety matters.
Listen to the full conversation on The John Robbie Show:
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