Wheatbelt community invited participate in child protection week

CHILD Protection workers in theWheatbelt district are preparing to mark National Child Protection Week withcommunity events to raise awareness about the issues affecting children inWestern Australia.
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National Child Protection Week runs fromSeptember 2-8 and across the State communities are invited to embrace the theme‘Protecting Children is Everybody’s Business – Play Your Part to Keep ChildrenSafe’.

In Moora staff from the Department for ChildProtection will attend schools in Moora and Dalwallinu on the following dates -Monday September 3 Moora Primary School and St Joseph’s Primary School, Moora;Tuesday September 4 Best Start Program, Aboriginal Early Years Program, Mooraand Wednesday Septembe 5 Dalwallinu Primary School, Dalwallinu.

These events are aimed atproviding basic “Protective Behaviours” training to learners, who will then beinvited to inflate white balloons and tie it to the school fences.

The official “White BalloonDay” is on Friday September 7.

With fantastic buy-in fromthe local business community Moora streets will hopefully display a sea ofwhite balloons on the day.

“White Balloon Day” is a“Bravehearts” initiative to raise awareness about the survivors of child sexualabuse.

District Director Julie McKenzie saidthe week raised awareness about issues affecting children in the community andhighlighted the many services that are available to help families.

Child Protection MinisterRobynMcSweeney said the week was an opportunity todiscuss the issue of child abuse and neglect and how everyone in the communitycan contribute to the safety and well-being of our children.

“It is important we educatepeople about the threats to children and the warning signs to look out for,”Mrs McSweeney said.

“In this way we can all playa part in making a positive difference in children’s lives and keeping themsafe.”

As at June 30 this year,3,780 children aged under 18 were in the care of the Department across theState, with many being looked after on a day to day basis by foster carers orrelatives.

“This week is also about acknowledgingthe contribution people in our community make towards caring for children whoare in need of protection – including foster and respite carers, grandparents,relative carers, the department’s child protection workers and those in otheragencies.

“All these people do wonderful work and I thank them for it.”

TheDepartment for Child Protection is responsible for a wide range of services inWA, including caring for children taken into care because of abuse or neglect,fostering services, adoption and homelessness as well as managing emergencyrelocation centres for local communities during disasters such as bushfires,floods and cyclones.

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