- National Child Protection Week - September 3-9, 2017
- Department of Communities hosting a series of community events to raise awareness
During National Child Protection Week, Western Australians are being reminded that it is everyone's responsibility to create a safe, healthy and happy environment for children.
This year's theme 'Stronger Communities, Safer Children' emphasises the importance and value of connected communities in keeping children and young people safe and thriving.
A number of community events are being held across the State to provide the opportunity for children and young people to participate in community life and also highlight the support services available to assist families.
The Department of Communities will host two free community events in the metropolitan area:
- Wadjak Community Centre, Balga on Monday, September 4 from 3.30pm to 6pm. This event is being run by the Wadjak Community Centre in partnership with the Department of Communities, Sudbury Community House and The Smith Family, and aims to promote the importance of connections to the land, family and culture; and
- Davis Park, Beaconsfield on Wednesday, September 6 from 12pm to 4:30pm. The event will provide an opportunity for families to connect with various government departments and services, and will include a sausage sizzle, ice cream, services' information booths and many free and fun activities for children.
The Department of Communities will also be hosting an invite only awards night at the Pavilion Restaurant, North Metropolitan TAFE, Joondalup on Thursday, September 7. The annual awards night, which present an award to one family carer and one general carer, is held to recognise and celebrate the role foster carers play in supporting the most vulnerable children and young people.
For more information about National Child Protection Week, visit http://www.napcan.org.au
If you are concerned about a child's wellbeing contact the Department of Communities on 1800 273 889 or Crisis Care after hours on 1800 199 008.
Comments attributed to Child Protection and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk:
"One of the best ways to prevent child abuse and neglect is by families and community members working together to help care for and keep children safe.
"The McGowan Government will make no exceptions to ensure a safe, supportive, and stable environment is provided to Western Australia's most vulnerable children and young people.
"Children are our most precious resource, and it is up to all of us to make sure every child grows up in a safe and connected community with access to the support they need to reach their full potential."
Minister's office - 6552 6600