Children's Rights | Western Cape Government

Children's Rights


This document sets out children's rights in an easy-to-read format.



Sometimes people might hurt you or scare you by:


Nobody is allowed to hurt you
Human rights for all!
Nobody has the right to hurt you.

  • Hitting you.
  • Pushing you.
  • Doing something else that hurts you or scares you.
  • Telling you they are going to hurt you or someone you love or your pet.
  • Blaming you for things you didn't do.

It is not your fault! You do not deserve to be hurt.

People are not allowed to do these things even if:

  • They are older or bigger than you.
  • They are your mom or dad.
  • You have done something wrong.

If someone is angry with you, they must talk to you about it. They must not hit you.

If someone is hurting you or scaring you, or hurting someone you know, YOU CAN GET HELP.

  • Tell someone who can help.
  • Keep telling until someone helps.
  • Call the Child Help Line - 08000 55555 or the Police - 10111.


Your body belongs to you!

Sometimes people might want to

You can - say no!

Run away or tell someone

Keep telling someone until someone listens

Call the ChildLine - 0800 55555

Call the Police - 10111

  • Touch you on your private parts.
  • Ask you to touch their private parts.
  • Show you pictures of people doing things like that, or with no clothes on.

This is called sexual abuse. If this has happened to you, you are not alone. It is not your fault!

People are not allowed to do these things to you, even if:

  • You know them.
  • They are older than you.
  • They are nice to you.
  • It is your mom or dad, your uncle or your neighbour.

No one deserves to be abused!


There are some other things that you can do to help keep yourself safe.

You should know:

  • Your home address.
  • Your telephone number.
  • The address and telephone number of where your mom or dad works.
  • The name, address and telephone number of someone else who can help you if your mom or dad is not at home.
  • The telephone number of the Police and the Child Line.

If you are scared or someone you know needs help, talk to someone who is safe, like your mom or dad, your teacher, your doctor, the police or someone at your church.

Don't hold it inside - talk to someone!


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The content on this page was last updated on 15 March 2014