n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Child abuse in schools and the law in Zimbabwe : current issues and challenges in the new millennium : research article
|Article Title||Child abuse in schools and the law in Zimbabwe : current issues and challenges in the new millennium : research article|
|© Publisher:||South African Society on the Abuse of Children (SAPSAC)|
|Journal||Child Abuse Research in South Africa|
|Publication Date||Oct 2006|
|Pages||48 - 60|
Current research on child abuse shows that local and international criminal laws seem to have failed to offer children sufficient protection against child abuse globally and in Zimbabwe. Children are the most vulnerable major subgroup least capable of assuring their own welfare. On the contrary, child abuse laws the world over including Zimbabwe, appear to be lenient to child abuse perpetrators instead of protecting the victims. Few offenders are being convicted. Most aspects of the existing legal position need to be revised so that children can live in a safer environment. This study seeks to: (a) analyze current local and international laws that protect pupils against child abuse; (b) outline procedures followed in the courts of law, and (c) recommend measures that could be taken to address this problem by the courts of law. Challenges faced by local and international laws in their pursuit of protecting pupils against child abuse in Zimbabwe and the world over have been discussed in detail in this paper.
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