Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    Lost children stations at Skyworks 2013

    23/01/2013 12:00 AM
     
    • Three stations at Langley Park, Kings Park and South Perth foreshore
    • 300,000 people expected to celebrate Australia Day fireworks

    As more than 300,000 people gather around the Swan River to celebrate Australia Day, Department for Child Protection workers will be on the job playing an important role in caring for lost children and reuniting them with their families.

     

    Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney said children can easily become separated from parents at events with big crowds, prompting Department of Child Protection staff to operate three lost children stations at Skyworks 2013.  These will be located at Langley Park, Kings Park and on the South Perth foreshore.

     

    “If a child is lost, parents are asked to check in with the closest lost children station. If the child is not there then the police will be contacted immediately by Department for Child Protection staff to assist in locating the child,” Mrs McSweeney said.

     

    Police officers or security guards can also accompany children to the stations and Child Protection staff will work with the WA Police and Skyworks 2013 event staff to ensure children who become separated from their family are kept safe and calm while their parents or guardians are being located.

     

    “Being separated from their parents is very upsetting for young children but staff will engage with them to keep their spirits high and it is always heart-warming to see children and parents reunited,” the Minister said.

     

    Mrs McSweeney encouraged parents to talk with their children about staying together and pointing out people they can go to if they become separated.

     

    “Parents can assist by taking note of what their children are wearing, or even take photos of them on the day,” she said.

     

    “They can also teach their children to memorise important information such as the name and phone number of someone they are with.  For younger children, parents are asked to ensure their name and all contact details are carried by or secured to the child so the parents are more easily located if their child becomes lost.”

     

              Fact File

    • Since 2008, the Department for Child Protection’s budget has increased by 52% to $536m this year
    • Child Protection and other Government agencies’ staff and City of Perth staff, will also be based at event’s Emergency Coordination Centre, located at the Hyatt Regency

     Minister’s office - 6552 6500