Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    Pilbara National Child Protection Week events highlight our role in keeping children safe

    3/09/2017 9:50 AM
    • ​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 Pilbara is hosting a range of free family fun events, which will include a sausage sizzle, face painting and sporting activities at the following locations:

    • Community office, Punmu on Monday, September 4 from 2pm to 4pm;
    • School grounds, Jigalong on Wednesday, September 6 from 9am to 3pm;
    • Balyarra Park and Pump Track, Baynton West, Karratha on Thursday, September 7 from 2.30pm to 4pm;
    • Kangaroo Oval, Newman on Friday, September 8 from 2pm to 4pm; and
    • A fete will also be held at Roebourne School Oval on Friday, September 8 from 2.30pm to 4pm.

    The events are aimed at bringing families and community service providers together to increase community awareness about child safety and strengthen relationships.


    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'