The Social Welfare Department has taken a proactive approach to combating child abuse and neglect this year by inviting government departments, civil society organisations and charitable bodies to take up the challenge.
Launching the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (PCAN) 2012 in the Western Division yesterday, Social Welfare permanent secretary Govind Sami said, underestimating the real needs of children could be detrimental to children and their families.
"There is a growing need to examine children's status in light of the systems that are mandated to account for policies, programs and structures that promote them.
"This includes systems of care that promote children's wellbeing in the home, communities and society in general.
"The message to the public is that we will need to collaborate our efforts in protecting our children and their future.
"Each one of you working for the needs of the children will be able to collaborate and provide that platform where children will be able to develop in an enabling and supportive environment,"Mr Sami said.
The Western Division is hosting a series of events tomorrow, in the lead up to marking International Children's Day on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Nadi district celebrated the fight against child abuse with a march from McDonald's fast food restaurant to the Narewa junction yesterday before festivities started at Koroivolu Park.
People in Lautoka marked the day with activities and information sessions at Lovu HART Village on the outskirts of the city.
Sigatoka will host the main event this year with a march from Tappoos to Sigatoka Special School on Friday.