- 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 in the Peel region will host community events focused on youth (10-18 years old) and events focused on parents and carers. The events are aimed at connecting communities, highlighting available services, and increasing awareness around the prevention of youth suicide.
Parent information sessions - a free talk on mental health followed by a sausage sizzle will be held on:
- Monday, September 4, 6pm-8:30pm, Make Place, 17/38 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah; and
- Tuesday, September 5, 6pm-8:30pm, Lesser Hall, Pinjarra Road, Pinjarra.
Youth events - free presentations on resilience and self-care followed by a sausage sizzle and sporting activities will be held on:
- Wednesday, September 6, 4pm-6pm, Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre, 303 Pinjarra Road, Mandurah; and
- Thursday, September 7, 4.30pm-7pm, Murray Leisure Centre, 16 Camp Road, Pinjarra.
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