We all must help if we are to end Child Abuse. No child should have to be afraid in their own homes

A little boy of two or three, with bruises on his face
And, as I pulled the cover down, I saw bruises every place.
His little hands were blistered; with some burns from something round
His wrists were cut and blistered, looking like he had been bound.

"Child abuse at father's hands," was what the ticket said.
Cause of death? "severe and repeated blows right to the head."

How on earth is this allowed? I thought I'd seen it all.
How can someone beat to death, a child that is so small?.
That is why I join their fight.
Because I know that even three year olds have rights.


A comment and a poem from one of our community workers.

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We are not sending any more toys to South Africa. If you would like to donate then please contact the lovely people at: http://theteddytrust.wixsite.com/home

We are proud and honoured that our work has been recognised by the UK Prime Minister, and that he has given Lesley his Point of Light award, stating
With the Infant Trust Lesley has empowered thousands of women across South Africa to protect and safeguard children in their communities. The education and training she has provided has helped to improve the lives of over 800,000 children, tackling the violence and abuse that affects too many of them in their early years. As we mark International Women’s Day this week I am delighted to recognise all that Lesley has done.”
You can find the full story at https://www.pointsoflight.gov.uk/2268-2/
Why are so many small children abused by male perpetrators in South Africa? Our researcher interviewed 27 perpetrators in prison in South Africa; all are in jail after being found guilty of some of the most terrible crimes against some of the most vulnerable children – some as young as a few days old. Those interviewed are all men aged between 16 years and 84 years old, and all have brutalised and raped at least one child. But the findings aren’t maybe what we might expect – it makes interesting reading.  We have been funding research into this for 5 years and it is finally finished and published .

Our flagship Caring for Crèches programme has reached into some of the poorest communities in five of the nine provinces in South Africa and we have crèche leaders everywhere clamouring for the training. We have now trained over 2,200 people and they in turn have already positively impacted on the lives of over 160,000 children … and will continue to help many hundreds more children for years to come