Child Safety Week is a collaborative movement to raise awareness and encourage collective action towards addressing the issue of Child Sexual Abuse. An entire week, in the month of November, is dedicated towards highlighting the importance of this issue through conversations and events for child safety.
1 in 2 children in India are affected by Child Sexual Abuse. Acquiring the right knowledge can play a great role in addressing this issue. It is important to create a dialogue on this issue, take action, and change the narrative around child safety by looking at it through a lens of hope and not fear.
Key dates around children and child rights fall in this week:
Child Safety Week’s objective is to break the taboo around conversations on Child Sexual Abuse and make such conversations mainstream. We also aim to empower stakeholders to be vigilant and provide a safe environment for children through conversations on social media, webinars and various other activities.
Keeping children safe is the responsibility of adults. However, one of the most difficult topics to talk to children about is SEXUAL ABUSE. Most adults feel ill-equipped to discuss such a sensitive, deemed-to-be complex and tabooed topic with young children.
Various studies and interventions suggest that children who receive Personal Safety education demonstrate improved knowledge about what they should do if they are in unsafe situations.
The good news is that some organisations have spent decades working on the issue of Child Sexual Abuse to create groundbreaking, age-appropriate resources to assist parents, teachers and adults in their endeavour to teach children Personal Safety.
If you haven’t spoken to your child about Personal Safety and about Child Sexual Abuse yet, #NowIsTheTime to do it.
Share content with your audience to amplify the key messages around the campaign #NowIsTheTime.
Access age-appropriate resources curated on www.childsafetyweek.in and train children on Personal Safety.
Access helpline numbers and get counselling & therapeutic assistance for victims/survivors of CSA to head from the trauma.