- Funding for new Midland Child Advocacy Centre to support children and their families experiencing trauma
- Centre will be the second of its kind in Australia
A child advocacy centre in Midland, set to help thousands of children and families experiencing trauma, has been given $4.5 million in State Government funding.
The Lotterywest grant will support the construction and fit out of the new Midland Child Advocacy Centre, run by Parkerville Children and Youth Centre.
The centre will wrap services around children and their families who are experiencing trauma from physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
The facility will incorporate a multi-disciplinary team including doctors, police, social workers, psychologists and therapy staff - all in one child-friendly location.
The child and their family will attend the centre to access a range of professional support, as well as complementary services provided by Parkerville and other not-for-profit organisations.
The Midland Child Advocacy Centre will be the second of its kind in Australia, the first being the George Jones Child Advocacy Centre in Armadale. This is also administered by Parkerville Children and Youth Centre, which opened in 2011.
Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk:
"WA is leading the way on this work and I'm proud to be a part of a Government which supports this innovative approach.
"It's important victims get a sympathetic, meaningful interaction - this joined up approach achieves better justice outcomes. The need for this exact work has been highlighted in the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
"We are now working towards the delivery of a staged implementation plan of the recommendations that outlines reform priorities, timeframes and resourcing options."
Comments attributed to Midland MLA Michelle Roberts:
"The Midland Child Advocacy Centre is being built at the Old Railway Workshops and will be an important part of our health precinct.
"The entire Midland community welcomes this funding which will serve to give some of our most vulnerable young people the opportunities they deserve.
"I'd like to thank the Government and Lotterywest for this real commitment to our community."
Minister's office - 6552 6600