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National Child Protection Week runs from 4 – 10 September
September 4, 2016 - September 10, 2016
National Child Protection Week runs from 4 – 10 September. In this week we take the time to reflect on child protection issues and promote the wellbeing of our young people.
Reports of child abuse are overwhelming and give witness to the lack of accountability for adults who abuse young people. Sadly, some communities are looking the other way, ignoring the abuse of children because this is the easiest option. People don’t want to get involved in notifying assaults on our young people because of the fear of the consequences from the perpetrators. We have lost the ability for adults to serve as collective parents for all the young people in our neighbourhood.
Nothing is more important than protecting our vulnerable children from abuse and neglect. Child abuse goes beyond the tears and pain experienced in childhood. Victims endure a lifetime of psychological and emotional distress, they often turn to drugs to kill the pain of abuse, attempt suicide, self-mutilate and have major trust issues. We, as a society, must ensure that we provide our children with a safe and supportive environment, so that they have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
The first step is for us, as adults, to report the abuse of our young people. Every adult must be responsible for every child, whether you are their friend, family member, the local shop keeper, doctor or anyone else that is part of a child’s life. Organisations that work with young people need to report abuse complaints. There should be no exception to mandatory reporting.
We need to listen to what is happening to our young people, speak up and get help when our children are in trouble.
More needs to be done to create a safe and comfortable environment for one of Australia’s most at risk demographics. It is imperative that we work towards creating a better future for our kids.
Father Chris Riley
CEO and Founder at Youth Off The Streets
It should be noted that a $2 million campaign, has been announced by the government to tackle the issue, the first day of National Child Protection Week, is similar to those used to change the “none of my business” culture surrounding domestic violence.
The issue of child protection has been in the spotlight since the death of Caboolture toddler Mason Jet Lee in June.
The Department of Child Safety responded to 22,000 child safety notifications in the 12 months to March 31.
Of those reports, more than 4000 were made by a police officer, 3900 by a health worker and nearly 2000 by a non-government organisation.
Just over 1000 notifications were made by a friend or neighbour and 159 by the children themselves.
1800 Respect http://www.1800respect.org.au/
National counselling helpline
Telephone: 1800 737 732
Adults Surviving Child Abuse http://www.asca.org.au/
Counselling and support for adult survivors of child abuse
Telephone: 1300 657 380
Counselling and support for survivors of child sexual abuse
Telephone: 1800 272 831
Child Wise http://www.childwise.net/
Telephone: 1800 991 099
24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention
Telephone: 13 11 14
Care Leavers Australia Network http://www.clan.org.au/
1800 008 774
Caboolture Telephone: 54281599
National Toll Free 1800650890