Child Protection Week begins today, which is an important reminder to all West Australians that protecting WA’s children from abuse is everyone’s business, Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney said.
“This week is an opportunity to discuss the issue of child abuse and neglect and how everyone in the community can contribute to the safety and well-being of our children,” Mrs McSweeney said.
“We can all play a part in keeping children safe and it is important the wider community knows the warning signs to look out for, because it could be happening to any child you come in contact with.”
As of June 30 there were 3,780 children in the care of the Department for Child Protection, with many being looked after by foster carers or relatives carers.
The department also offers support and early intervention programs for parents who may need assistance with the safety and well-being of their children.
“This week is about acknowledging the contribution people in our community make towards caring for children who are in need of protection - including foster and respite carers, grandparents, relative carers, the department’s child protection workers and those in other agencies,” the Minister said.
“All these people do wonderful work and I thank them for it.”
National Child Protection Week runs until September 8 and this year’s theme is Protecting Children is Everybody’s Business - Play Your Part to Keep Children Safe.
Minister’s office - 6552 6500