A popular child safety program will be expanded across Western Australia to enable thousands of children to learn about community safety, crime prevention and respect.
Police Minister Rob Johnson said Constable Care had been educating and successfully connecting with WA children to reinforce right from wrong for more than 20 years.
Mr Johnson, who attended a Constable Care school performance in East Cannington today, said the State Government would increase the organisation’s budget to $3million across the next four years, allowing its expansion, particularly in regional WA.
“More than 180,000 school-age children are taught Constable Care ‘respect and responsibility’ messages each year in WA to help shape their attitudes on a range of social issues as they grow into adulthood,” he said.
“Constable Care provides proactive early intervention ‘life skills’ education with a specific focus on bullying, protective behaviours (child sexual abuse), drugs and alcohol, graffiti vandalism, road safety, health and hygiene, stranger danger, antisocial behaviour, personal safety responsibility and respect issues.
“The Government has increased Constable Care’s annual budget to $750,000 to expand the program, particularly in rural and remote areas, and to link it with other police crime prevention school programs such as Police Rangers, PCYC, graffiti education and the Protective Behaviours Program.
“We aim to introduce as many schoolchildren as possible to the positive messages and important life lessons that Constable Care has to offer to enable them to grow into responsible and socially-aware adults to create a safer society in the future.”
Constable Care Foundation chief executive officer Vick Evans said the extra funding would also be used to update much needed equipment and develop new programs and resources.
“The Government’s contribution will also enable us to deliver our effective programs to an additional 28 regional locations, including Dardanup, Eaton, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kambalda, Moora, Watheroo, Dalwallinu, Kalanie, Wongan Hills, Dowerin, Albany, Bunbury, Picton, Boyanup, Busselton, Vasse, Carnamah, Leeman, Mingenew, Morawa, Lancelin, Jurien Bay, Badgingarra, Meekatharra, Mt Magnet, Yalgoo and Cue, as well as many childcare centres across the State,” he said.
“I would like to acknowledge and commend the Minister for his passion and belief of our foundation and congratulate the Government for investing funds that will ultimately benefit our next generation of citizens and the wider community.”
Constable Care has received national recognition for its school-based program, winning four Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards.
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