Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

    Everyone can play their part to protect children

    2/09/2016 8:15 AM
    • National Child Protection Week to be held September 4-10, 2016
    • Department for Child Protection and Family Support hosting a series of community events to raise awareness 

    West Australians are invited to show their support for vulnerable children and young people by participating in various local events during National Child Protection Week.


    Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said National Child Protection Week provided an opportunity to highlight the role everyone could play to provide safe and caring environments for children.


    "Protecting children is everyone's responsibility, and we all need to take active steps to ensure children and families at risk or in crisis are supported," Ms Mitchell said.


    "The week also allows us to recognise the important role foster carers play in helping vulnerable children thrive and prosper.


    "The Liberal National Government is committed to delivering a brighter future for children and young people in care and through a range of reforms is reshaping its out-of-home care system."


    The Department for Child Protection and Family Support in the West Kimberley will support several free events, including:

    • Safe Community and Family Empowerment March in Beagle Bay on September 6
    • a basketball competition at the Derby Youth Centre at 3.30pm on September 7
    • a community event at Town Oval, Fitzroy Crossing and at Broome Skate Park, Broome at 2pm on September 9. 

    West Kimberley District director Fiona Fischer said the events provided an opportunity for children and young people to participate in community life and also highlighted the support services available in the region to help families.


    Fact File

    • The Department for Child Protection and Family Support is the lead agency in WA providing child safety and family support services to individuals, children and their families
    • As at June 30, 2016, there were 4,658 children and young people in care
    • For more information about Out-of-Home Care Reform, visit http://www.cpfs.wa.gov.au
    • For more information about National Child Protection Week, visit http://napcan.org.au 

    Minister's office - 6552 5400


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