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Over 130 Queensland Child Protection Week Events are In the Spotlight

by PeakCare Qld on 19th August 2015

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Each year Child Protection Week takes place from the first Sunday in September. In 2015 September 6th-12th is Child Protection Week. In Queensland a landmark number of events are being held. Approximately 100 events take place in Queensland during Child Protection Week each year. This year the number will exceed 130.

Whilst small grants of around $1,000 are offered via funding provided by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability services and administered by the Queensland Child Protection week Committee, the increased number of events is a sign of community desire to make the grants stretch further and ensure that the purpose of Child Protection Week is achieved. Several groups, having planned collaborative partnerships across the state, are offering multiple Child Protection Week events when they’ve been funded for just one. This is a testament to the importance our Queensland community places on child protection and the week dedicated to sharing important child well-being messages with all our communities across the state.

These Queensland child protection week events are designed to promote the theme that Protecting Children is Everybody’s Business as well as highlighting the Key Messages of Child Protection Week. Further, they aim to provide all members of society with an opportunity to gain information about the prevention of child abuse and neglect and how to become involved as part of the solution in eradicating child abuse and neglect in Queensland. Community participants attending Child Protection Week events are linked to a broad range of information, resources and service options through connections to government and non-government organisations.

Each event in 2015 Child Protection Week will be run by a number of services working together. Those involved in collaborations to provide the staggering number of events include: Non-Government Organisations, Government Departments, Neighbourhood Centres, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services, Childcare Centres, Schools, Women’s Services, Parents and Friends Associations, Police Citizens Youth Clubs, Community Playgroups and Youth Services.

Events being held this year range from community expos and themed family fun days to the launch of child protection resources. Mossman Youth Services will be conducting a Child Protection Week Book Launch at all Douglas Shire Regional Schools from the 7th – 11th September. This illustrated children’s book for Child Protection Week is a collaborative effort produced by the youth attending Mossman Youth Centre with the guidance of a local Indigenous artist and an experienced writer. Young people involved in the production of the book will attend each school in the region to launch the book and share its key child protection messages. The Child Protection Week Book Launch will conclude with a free movie night for all members of the community. Young people will present the movie night and ensure the book is available for all in attendance.

The Connect Kids Carnival at Queen’s Park in Maryborough is a joint venture by a large number of organisations involved with the Child & Family Services Network on the Fraser Coast. The aim of the carnival is to provide parents and children a fun day out and encourage parents to play with their children through a range of no or low cost activities that can easily be re-created at home. Previous experiences of teaching these activities has shown that some of the most simple options such as planting a pot plant to take home, blowing giant bubbles or playing with goop afford the greatest joy to children and parents.

Where Do I Start? Is the question being asked at Narnia Kindergarten and Preschool in preparation for Supporting Healthy Sexual Development in Early Childhood. This central Queensland service will provide parents and carers with information about healthy sexual development. It will cover how children learn about sexuality and the importance of education from an early age. The presentation also offers tips on responding comfortably to children’s curiosity and questions about sexuality.

MultiLink Community Services Inc. are offering Child Protection Week Community Information Sessions for 3 different community groups: African, Middle Eastern and Burmese. Each session will include a presentation by a professional from the child protection sector facilitated by appropriate Bilingual Cultural Assistants. This will be followed by an opportunity for questions and discussions. Activities will be offered to participant’s children and light refreshments will be served.

There is little question that the most outstanding number of Child Protection Week events this year will be those of Mura Kosker Society. Already in the remote Torres Strait they will be taking the Child Protection Week messages to 17 of the outer Islands. These events will be held in: Saibai, Boigu, Dauan, Mabuiag, Badu, Kubin, St Pauls, Warraber, Poruma, Yam, Yorke, Mer, Darnley, Stephen, Hammond, Horn & Thursday Island. Further to these they will be hosting a protective behaviour session at Tagai College, Thursday Island Primary Campus, a Super Hero Day, a community information session and in partnership with Queensland Health will host the Big Colour Run followed by fun activities and information stalls including other support services promoting Child Protection Week.

Further to all these noteworthy events, Remembrance Day ceremonies to be held throughout Queensland during Child Protection Week are a pertinent reminder as to why so many organisations run events to ensure the messages about the protection and wellbeing of children and young people are shared. These most moving and significant tributes to all survivors of abuse whilst in state and institutional care are the stand out events of Child Protection Week. These ceremonies remind us of the stolen generation, child migrants and way too many children and young people from differing backgrounds who suffered horrific abuse in institutional care. It’s important that we remember this during Child Protection Week and all the events aimed at protecting children and young people in our communities across Queensland. The courage of Forgotten Australians in speaking out has led to major inroads in child protection systems and improved responses to children and young people; most notably in listening to their voices.

To find out more about Child Protection Week events in each region across Queensland click here.