Friday 25 October 2019

 

Day for Daniel project recognised for promoting child safety and awareness across Australia

Posted on 29 November 2018

The Day for Daniel project today received a silver award in the community-led category of the 2018 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).

The ACVPAs recognise best practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.

Daniel Morcombe Foundation Chief Executive Officer Holly Brennan said that Day for Daniel is Australia's largest child safety and awareness raising day. 

"It's a national day of action. We ask people to wear red and to educate children about personal safety," Ms Brennan said.

"We want to make Australia a safer place for all children. Our overall goal is to prevent children from experiencing abuse or if they have, helping them to identify this and talk to an adult who can help them," she added.

These annual awards recognise the outstanding contributions being made across Australia for crime prevention, including the development and implementation of practical projects to reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.
Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director Michael Phelan APM said that Day for Daniel provides families with a conversation starter and an opportunity to discuss safety strategies openly.

"This is a unique program that engages young people, educators, parents and carers to talk about abuse prevention skills, safety and protection strategies, and raise awareness around the incidence of and responses to child abuse," Mr Phelan said.
All projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service, and chaired by the AIC Director.

The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management.
For more information about the award winners, visit www.aic.gov.au/acvpa
 

 

Daniel Morcombe Foundation thanks local businesses for support of Daniel House

Posted on 23 November 2018

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation is thanking 80 local businesses who have contributed in materials and services to help build Daniel House.

Daniel House is due to open in mid- February, it will be the Foundation's Administrative hub, and will include the "Walk Tall" Program which offers free counselling services for survivors of crime. Based on the Sunshine Coast,  Daniel House will be the Foundation's National Office as it continues to deliver its' Keeping Kids Safe programs and resources  and coordinates Australia's Largest National Day of Action on child safety awareness Day for Daniel.

The State Government provided $900,000 in funding to help complete the build.  Local businesses from the Sunshine Coast have been very generous in contributing approximately $500,000 to the project making this very much a community project.

Individuals and community groups have also contributed through the House for Daniel Buy a Brick Campaign which ran through September.

Bruce Morcombe said "Hats off to everyone, this is outstanding and a huge motivator for us to continue to deliver on the Foundation's aims.

Media are invited to attend the Daniel House Thank You Get Together at Maroochy Surf Club at 4.30pm on Friday 23rd November. Bruce and Denise Morcombe, Mayor Mark Jamieson,  Mr Ted O'Brien MP and Sophie Monk will be attending. 

CEO of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation Holly Brennan said "We are honoured that the local building community has joined with us to help make Australia and the Sunshine Coast a safer place for all children. Child safety is everyone's business and the coast really takes that pledge to heart."
 

 

Daniel Morcombe Foundation teams up with Scouts Queensland to deliver a Keeping Kids Safe Program and Badge

Posted on 22 November 2018
Daniel Morcombe Foundation teams up with Scouts Queensland to deliver a Keeping Kids Safe Program and Badge
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation has produced the Keeping Kids Safe Program for Scouts to support young people to develop personal safety skills and have the ability to Recognise, React and Report when they feel unsafe.  Developing an understanding of respectful relationships is also a key learning area within the program.  This aligns nicely with the Scouts Queensland Child Safe Scouting Policy.

The Mount Cotton Scout Group are the first to have completed the program and will be presented with their Keeping Kids Safe badges tonight.

Denise Morcombe said "Providing children with the opportunity to develop safety skills is one of the most precious gifts we can give to them and to ourselves."

Cub Scout Leader David Bates said "I'm so proud of my Cub Scouts who have really engaged with the program beyond my highest hopes.  They have walked out of here 10 feet taller."

Media are invited to attend the presentation ceremony at Karingal Scout Camp 36 Karingal Rd, Mount Cotton at 7.30pm on Thursday 22nd November. Bruce and Denise Morcombe and Deputy Chief Commissioner Geoff Doo will be attending. 

CEO of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation Holly Brennan said "I have loved working with this group.  The dedication to teaching children the skills to be safe has been an inspiration to me as a child protection educator.  The program is taught by Scout Leaders and takes around 5 weeks."

  • The Keeping Kids Safe Program reinforces the Scouts Australia values of:
  • The importance of individuals developing a sense of personal identity and self-worth which leads to responsibility for oneself and one's actions
  • The belief that young people are able and willing to take responsibility and contribute to society
  • The rights and responsibility of individuals to regulate their own health
  • The importance of not exposing young people to harm or exploitation
  • The importance of respect for and equity in dealings with all people, irrespective of culture, gender, religion or impairment
  • The importance of mutual support and help between members of a community to maximise the quality of life for all
  • The importance of harnessing technological innovation to benefit human society

The program is based on five sessions of approximately 20-30 minute duration. The final lesson (5) will include revision and the badge presentation.

ENDS

For more information contact:
Tracey McAsey
Phone 07 5442 3678
Email tracey@danielmorcombe.com.au

 

 

Day for Daniel 2018

Posted on 26 October 2018
Day for Daniel 2018
Today the Daniel Morcombe Foundation asks parents, carers and educators to talk to kids about their personal safety. They encourage them to Talk Early, Talk Often and Keep Talking about child safety.

Day for Daniel is our national Day of Action on child safety and protection. It is the largest child safety awareness day of its type in Australia. Pre registrations online are at record levels with final numbers expected to reach over 3,200 schools and early childhood centres and hundreds of businesses and events. It is anticipated that over 1.2million people across Australia will hold a conversation about child safety today.

Denise says "Today is a special day for the Morcombe family. In just a few weeks it will be 15 years since Daniel was abducted and murdered by a twice convicted pedophile. Daniel's legacy is more relevant than ever in a constantly changing technological world. We ask parents and carers across Australia to Talk Early, Talk Often and Keep Talking with their children about any safety concerns they may have."

Bruce adds "Day for Daniel is truely a National day of importance. Participation rates across the country continue to climb. We are excited to deliver Australia's Biggest Safety Lesson which we anticipate will be an online viral hit. Evidenced based research clearly demonstrates that targeted child safety educational events like Day for Daniel will keep kids safe and can dramatically improve a child's ability to Recognise, React and Report unsafe situations."

CEO of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation Ms Holly Brennan, a child safety expert with more than 20 years' experience teaching abuse prevention explains, "our children are always a good age to talk with about safety. Letting our children know from the early years that they can always talk to us if they feel scared or worried is a powerful message that we can send. It's not a one off talk. It's the many chats about how much you care, that their body belongs to them, their feelings are important and that they can talk to you about everything as they grow."

This year we have invited all Day for Daniel participants to join our 2nd online broadcast of Australia's Biggest Child Safety Lesson. This year's lesson is suitable for children between the ages of 3 - 8 years. It will teach key personal safety concepts for early childhood in a fun and interactive way. It can be viewed in large or small groups at school or early childhood centres.

The live broadcast is 9.30am (QLD) AEST 10.30am (NSW, VIC, ACT, TAS) AEDT on Friday 26 October. To check the broadcast time in your location or watch the lesson later in the day visit our website.

Last year's lesson is also available for viewing on Day for Daniel. This lesson is suitable for children from Prep to Grade 6.

We have free child safety videos and activities to suit a diverse range of students from prep to senior levels.

Teachers have access to teacher guides to support classroom delivery and parent/carer resources are available to encourage discussions about personal safety at home.

The 14th Annual Day for Daniel will be held on Friday 26th October 2018. It is about educating children about their personal safety through child safety and protection initiatives. It is about and teaching our children to 'Recognise, React and Report' in unsafe situatons.

Wear Red, Educate and Donate is the theme of Day for Daniel as we strive to enable schools, early childhood centres, businesses and communities across Australia take action and conduct child safety activities in their communities to help Keep Kids Safe.

Parents, carers, educators can visit the Daniel Morcombe Foundation website for resources and information. http://www.danielmorcombe.com.au

Media Opportunity


What: WALK FOR DANIEL Kick starts Day for Daniel.

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation's National Day of Action on Child Safety and Protection.

When: Friday 26 October 
Time: Event commences 6.30am
Where: Start: Suncoast Christian College
Cnr Schubert & Kiel Mtn Rds, Woombye, Sunshine Coast
Finish: Approx 8.30am at Briggs Park in Palmwoods
Walk Length: 4km
Daniel House- 7 Koorawatha lane 7.35am for Media Interview
Who: Bruce and Denise Morcombe
Assistant Minister for Children and Families Michelle Landry,
QLD Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Framer.
Sophie Monk
Mayor Mark Jamieson


Broadcast, interviews, film and photo opportunities at start, during and finish.

By arrangement with:
Tracey McAsey
Mobile 0420 300 737
Email tracey@danielmorcombe.com.au
 

5 simple ways to protect your children online and in real life

Posted by Claire Haiek on 24 October 2018
5 simple ways to protect your children online and in real life

Credit: Kidspot

Teach them that they CAN say no to an adult. Role play how they might do that. One day, your words could save your child from harm.

The 14th Day for Daniel will take place this Friday, 26 October. It is Australia's largest child safety awareness day, and a great reminder to have a conversation or two with your children. Just talk. It's that simple.

Kidspot caught up with Holly Brennan, CEO of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, to discuss her top five tips for keeping your children safe.

1. Promote open communication

Holly said there's no magical protective 'thing' that parents can do to ensure their kids stay safe. What she does promote, however, is openness.

"All the research shows that if you're a family that can be together, talk together and can talk about a range of topics, you're actually increasing your children's safeness," Holly told Kidspot.

This important point ties in with the Morcombe Foundation theme for this year's Day for Daniel, which is "Talk early, talk often, keep talking."

 

2. Talk directly in a positive and protective way

Holly said we should talk directly to our children about the issue of being safe in a positive and protective way.

"Don't scare children, don't talk about monsters, don't talk about strangers all the time, and don't reinforce issues like abduction all the time," Holly said.


This means we must make sure our children are confident they are not going to get into trouble by speaking out to us, while not scaring them off in the process.

"It's being really positive and open that there are so many things you can do to help be safe, but the number one thing that your children need to know is that they can talk to you about being safe," she said.

 

3. Keep topics practical

You need to cover a wide range of topics for a child to have a full repertoire, but the main thing is to keep things practical and relevant to their own life.

Holly said talking about feelings and bodies including private parts and using correct anatomical names is really important.

"Even if your home language is different, that's OK," she said, "you still need to use the words, 'nipples', 'vagina', 'vulva', 'penis', 'anus' and 'testicles'."

"Research backs this up," Holly said.

"For people who may be perpetrators looking for children to harm against, they're less likely to communicate with children who have obvious strategies in these areas."

That is, those children who are better able to identify and articulate issues relating to their own bodies are less targeted than those who cannot.

 

4. Knowing the three Rs

Holly said all children should know about the three Rs. They are: Recognise, React and Report.

One example Holly provided about recognising signs within their own bodies is asking your child something like this:

"If you're watching a scary movie, or if we're going to the doctor, or if you think you're going to miss the bus, what would your body do?"

By giving examples like the way our tummy feels when we go on a ride, we can help our children recognise feelings within their own bodies.

"Your body is really amazing and it gives you these clues that you actually want to recognise what your body's telling you and then you react and report," she said.

By teaching our children to recognise feelings and understand their own bodies and their reactions to fear and uncomfortable situations, we can help protect them even when we're not around.

 

5. Just listen

It's not something any parent wants to consider, but if your child does disclose that they have been harmed in some way, Holly said it is important to remain calm and listen.

"You need to believe and tell them that you want them to try and help them feel safe," Holly said.

"A lot of parents and carers do not want to believe, because 90 percent of children are harmed by someone the child knows and someone you know. So it's really important to take out that being shocked factor."

"Try not to have your emotions as the first emotion," Holly said. "They're important, but you need to keep them for later because you need to keep calm, you need to listen and believe and try and help them to be safe."

"For many children, they'll tell five times before someone listens, because they'll test it out," Holly said.

It is really important that as parents, we listen and believe our children in those first moments when they're seeking our help.

And after everything, Holly said parents should always seek help if they are faced with this situation.

"It's really traumatising for an adult to learn something has happened to their child," Holly said.

So if this is you, remember to look after yourself so you can better support your child.


How do I start?

When asked to provide an example about how we could start the conversation with our kids, Holly suggested we look for a teachable moment. This could be on television, in the newspaper, on social media or just something in everyday life.

"Try and relate it to something that makes sense to them," she said.

As an example, say you're watching your favourite Aussie soap alongside your child and something happens that you can relate to being safe.

Holly said she would ask, "Who would you talk to if you felt scared or worried?"

Have a discussion with your child and ask them questions in a 'what if' type scenario.

Then Holly explained how you can "extend it" by changing the situation and the setting. Ask "what if you're at school?" or "what if this happens on the bus?"

"There's a really easy activity you could actually do where people use their hands," she said.

"Draw around your hand and try to come up with five different people in different types of locations or roles."

See if your children can think of five people they can talk to in five different scenarios, representing each of the five fingers on the drawing.

"A lot of children would never say no to an adult," Holly said, reminding us of the importance of building our children's problem-solving skills and role-playing what if scenarios.

Who knows? This may come in handy for them one day.

It's a skill your child hopefully will never need, but is it worth them not having it if they really do need it one day?


Original article written by Claire Haiek and published on Kidspot: https://www.kidspot.com.au/parenting/parenthood/parenting-style/5-simple-ways-to-protect-your-children-online-and-in-real-life/news-story/89fff89f85e49f04ad804f3650691290

 

Bruce Morcombe returns to his old school to launch Day for Daniel 2018

Posted on 23 October 2018

Bruce returns to Milton State School after 50 years to officially launch Day for Daniel 2018.


Denise said "Today we publicly launch Day for Daniel. I am moved by the effort and contributions of so many to ensure Daniel's legacy lives on. This Friday will see a record number of schools and child care centres participate in Australia's premier child safety day. Today we also welcome Kim Skubris as an Ambassador at the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. As a mother and respected journalist, Kim has been instrumental in a number of events to help bring our Daniel home and raise funds for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation".


Bruce added "50 years ago I was a student at this very primary school. At a quick glance I could say little has changed. But today the world has a very different landscape for us all. Teachers, police, parents and carers have new challenges to keep our kids safe. Day for Daniel bridges that gap and lays the foundation through evidenced based educational programs that reduce the incidences of child abuse. Get involved or simply join us online this Friday and watch Australia's Biggest Safety Lesson, it is sure to become a viral hit".
 

The Principal of Milton Sate School Mr Paul Zernike explained 'Day for Daniel' is such a timely reminder to all children, parents and the wider community about the importance of instilling in our children that they are in control of their own bodies and need to feel safe at all times. The work that Denise and Bruce Morcombe have done to highlight this issue and provide support, guidance and education to the children right across Australia is so critical to the ongoing safety of our children within the community.


'We are delighted to have Denise and Bruce, who is a former Milton student, joining our school today to officially launch 'Day for Daniel'' said Principal Zernike.


Day for Daniel is the Daniel Morcombe Foundation's national day of action to raise awareness about child safety, protection and prevention. It is the perfect opportunity for educators, parents and carers to talk to children about their personal safety. It is the largest child safety awareness day of its type in Australia. In recent years more than 1 million Australians joined with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation in protecting children.

This year we have invited all Day for Daniel participants to join our 2nd online broadcast of Australia's Biggest Child Safety Lesson. This year's lesson is suitable for children between the ages of 3 - 8 years. It will teach key personal safety concepts for early childhood in a fun and interactive way.


The Foundation urges parents, cares and educators to Talk early, Talk Often and Keep Talking about personal safety.


For more information about Day for Daniel, Australia's Biggest Child Safety Lesson and the free Keeping Kids Resources go to www.danielmorcombe.com.au

 

Media Opportunity


What: Launch of Day for Daniel 2018
When: Tuesday 23rd October
Time: 11.15am
Where: In front of Milton State School, Bayswater Street, Milton

School presentation will take place in resource centre

Who: Bruce, Denise, Principal Paul Zernike, Kim Skubris

By arrangement with: Tracey McAsey
Mobile: 0420 300 737
Email: tracey@danielmorcombe.com.au

 

Sophie Monk announced as Daniel Morcombe Foundation Ambassador

Posted on 16 October 2018
Sophie Monk announced as Daniel Morcombe Foundation Ambassador
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation is excited to announce that the talented, very passionate Sophie Monk has accepted the role of Daniel Morcombe Foundation Ambassador.


Bruce and Denise said, "We are very happy to announce Sophie as our Ambassador today. Sophie has always supported us, our family and the Foundation with hard work and friendship. We are honoured she has chosen to support the Foundation even more, especially when she leads such a busy life. Sophie brings with her great ideas and a real passion for helping all children be safe."


Sophie explained "I am so proud to be the Ambassador of an Australian organization that I care so deeply about. As Ambassador of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation I will talk about keeping kids safe and child safety at every opportunity I get. There is nothing more important than our children being safe and parents and carers knowing that they can help. The world is a great place, I want all children to know they have the right to grow up safe from harm and abuse on and off line always."


Sophie is now really keen to help promote our 14th Annual Day for Daniel being held on Friday 26th October across Australia.


Day for Daniel is the Daniel Morcombe Foundation's national day of action to raise awareness about child safety. protection and prevention. It is the perfect opportunity for educators, parents and carers to talk to children about their personal safety. It is the largest child safety awareness day of its type in Australia. In recent years more than 1 million Australians joined with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.


This year we have invited all Day for Daniel participants to join our 2nd online broadcast of Australia's biggest child safety lesson. This year's lesson is suitable for children between the ages of 3 - 8 years. It will teach key personal safety concepts for early childhood in a fun and interactive way.


The Foundation urges parents, cares and educators to Talk early, Talk Often and Keep Talking about personal safety.


For more information about Day for Daniel, Australia's biggest child safety lesson and the free Keeping Kids Resources go to www.danielmorcombe.com.au
 

 

Leading children's advocates call for a national framework on digital safety

Posted on 13 September 2018
National children's charities, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, Bravehearts, UNICEF Australia, the Carly Ryan Foundation and the Daniel Morcombe Foundation are calling on Australian governments and industry and community organisations to develop and adopt a national framework on digital safety.

With bullying and cyber bullying high on the COAG Education Council's radar, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation's CEO, Lesley Podesta, said the time for a coordinated plan to ensure all Australian children and families receive education on online safety is now.
 
"In some ways, Australia is a global leader in promoting digital safety. While there has been considerable work done around online safety education, it is fragmented rather than comprehensive. It often focusses on only one or a small number of broader online safety issues, such as privacy, cyber bullying or online etiquette," Ms Podesta said.
Significant population groups are underserved by our current arrangements, particularly children and young people in remote and regional communities, she said.
 
Daniel Morcombe Foundation's CEO, Holly Brennan, said that all the organisations work around Australia to build online respect and safety.

"We work with families and young people who report on the very significant variations of existing online safety resources in different states and territories, and across different schools. With almost 90 per cent of teenagers using social media every day, this situation just isn't good enough in 2018," she said.
 
UNICEF Australia's CEO, Tony Stuart, said this commitment to our children's safety should be bipartisan.

"We believe that a national and consistent approach should be developed for online safety education for children and young people with input and buy in from industry, community organisations and government."

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse highlighted the need to invest in a national approach to online safety education, Hetty Johnston, Founder and Executive Chair of Bravehearts, said.

"This is not about ignoring the great efforts of many tech companies and the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.  It is about developing a coordinated plan. Our children have the right to grow up in a safe environment, to be confident and respectful online and to be equipped to keep themselves safe. Schools, community organisations, workplaces, libraries and the online industry all play vital roles but at the moment we don't have an agreed national plan too many of our children and young people are missing out."
 
A national coordinated action plan will ensure a unified message as well as addressing current gaps in relation to online safety education throughout Australia, said Sonya Ryan, CEO of the Carly Ryan Foundation.

"We are stronger together, this collaboration will benefit entire communities and I look forward to future discussions."


For more information, contact Deb Morris at the Alannah & Madeline Foundation on
0450 784 847 or at deb.morris@amf.org.au
 


 

 

QUEENSLANDERS AWARDED FOR SHINING A LIGHT ON CHILD PROTECTION

Posted on 30 August 2018
QUEENSLANDERS AWARDED FOR SHINING A LIGHT ON CHILD PROTECTION
Ordinary Queenslanders who have done extraordinary things to help keep our vulnerable and young people safe will be recognised at the Queensland Child Protection Week (QCPW) awards ceremony at Parliament House today.

QCPW Chair Anna Nolan said the event will be an opportunity for our State to say 'thank you' to these absolute champions of child protection for the great work they have done to prevent child abuse and promote the value of our children.

"From a committed front-line QPS Child Protection Investigator to a grandmother who generously volunteers to gently hold the hand of a frightened child during daunting Court processes, this year's eight QCPW award winners are all deserving of their accolades and for the focus they bring to at-risk children or victims of neglect or mistreatment," said Ms Nolan.

"The awards ceremony marks the launch of QCPW which runs from Sunday, 2 September until Saturday, 9 September. The week will be celebrated with a variety of festivities being held around the State that have been organised by rural and metro communities who applied for regional grants of $5,000 and up to $1,000 for activity grants.

"All of the events held around Queensland during Child Protection Week help shine a light on child protection and spread the important message that protecting children is everybody's business."

Child Protection Week was the brain child of the Management Committee of Protect All Children Today (PACT). The committee organised a coalition of agencies involved in child protection to stage the first annual Child Protection Week in Brisbane in 1986. Now in its 32nd year, Child Protection Week is a national event held during the first full week of September.

The QCPW Committee is made up of 27 organisations - all concerned with child protection issues, who work together to coordinate a community campaign. The week-long event is funded by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.

The Honourable Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Di Farmer said the aim of Child Protection Week is to focus attention on the issue of child abuse and ways it can be prevented as well as promoting child and family well-being.

"It is humbling to see so many people dedicated to protecting Queensland's most vulnerable children, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for the work they do each and every day," she said.

"Child Safety really is everyone's responsibility, and together we can work towards making sure every Queensland child has the same hope and opportunity as the next."

[ENDS] Biographies of QCPW Award winners & media contact details follow.

BIOGRAPHIES - QUEENSLAND CHILD PROTECTION WEEK AWARD WINNERS

Professional (Non-government) Award: Jo Bryant
Jo Bryant joined Protect All Children Today Inc. (PACT), in August 2004. As PACT's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jo is passionate about ensuring vulnerable children and young people victims of crime receive optimum support though the daunting criminal court process. Some of the numerous initiatives Jo has implemented have been the listing of child related court matters early in the day to accommodate a childs' limited attention span; the introduction of the Post Evidence Feedback Survey to gain direct feedback from children and young people in relation to giving evidence and their overall court experience; and changes in the way District Court Judges interact with children. Her child advocacy work is just amazing. She keeps her finger on the pulse and is always there for the staff and volunteers of PACT.

Professional (Government) Award: Detective Sergeant Anthony Joseph McNae
Anthony is currently in his 21st year of serving the Queensland Community as a QPS front-line Child Protection Investigator. Anthony remains highly motivated, focused and dedicated to the protection of children, an area of policing with extremely high demands and stressors. Anthony has implemented a number of valued projects which have engaged with children to make a sustained impact. Anthony was solely responsible for conceptualizing and implementing Project Pathways Leading you to a Safer Home. Anthony's research was at the cutting edge of the QPS recognizing the large percentages of innocent children involved in domestic and family violence relationships. Anthony is described as a man of impeccable integrity who values child protection and has been a stalwart for many many years.

Volunteer Award: Jan Brown
Jan Brown has been a Child Witness Support Volunteer with Protect All Children Today PACT) since June 2010 and a Volunteer Team Leader since 2013. In this role she supports vulnerable children and young people required to give evidence in daunting criminal court proceedings. Jan has personally supported over 385 child victims and witnesses plus their family members. Jan was elected to the PACT Board of Management in 2015 and has ensured the Board remain focussed on core business and take into consideration the needs of vulnerable children and young people and fellow Volunteers, when making strategic decisions. Jan sees her roles with PACT as an opportunity to play some small part in improving the lives of vulnerable children and young people. She goes above and beyond in her support of PACT.

Regional Program Award: School-based Early Intervention Panels - Angela Kerslake, Claire Oliver, Jamie Coburn, Francette Kerk and Kerri Chard
The development of the Early Intervention Panels was established through the project work of DET Student Protection Advisor, Kerri Chard in conjunction with the Principal Child Protection Practitioners. The purpose of the panel is to build strong collaborative partnerships in a local area, to enable early identification of worries for children and families and improve referral pathways into Family and Child Connect, Intensive Family Support and Family Wellbeing Services, ensuring that families get connected to the right services at the right time. In the Logan catchment alone, more than 95 families have been discussed and referred to services. As word of mouth is spreading about the success of the program many schools are approaching Kerri and Child Safety to have a panel implemented at their school. The program has resulted in really good engagement with families at the early intervention stage which has prevented the need for statutory intervention.

Education Initiative Award: Daniel Morcombe Foundation Australia's Biggest Child Safety Lesson
Australia's Biggest Child Safety Lesson was a live 20 minute online broadcast on this day and reached over 100 000 students. In Queensland, it is estimated that a minimum of 55 000 students watched the lesson at the time it was streamed. The lesson supported educators, parents and carers to continue talking about personal safety strategies with children in an ongoing way. The lesson covered key concepts of body ownership, early warning signs and identifying adults who can help if you feel unsafe. Feedback from participating schools indicates that the lesson was successful with over 90% saying they would participate again and it helped to support teachers to teach key child safety messages and communicate with parents/ carers. . Participating in the lesson enabled some children and young people to either recognise that they had experienced abuse or identify a safe person to tell. This was a wonderful way to shine a light on child protection from an education perspective.

Youth Participation Award: Alethea Beetson Digi Youth Arts
Alethea partnered with Churches of Christ Qld to work with a group of eleven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out of home care, to produce and perform a play at the Powerhouse, using storytelling to describe their experiences of racism and being in care. This involved two cultural camps, many rehearsals and resulted in a three night performance. As part of the initial engagement, young people got to attend a "back of house" cultural tour at Queensland Museum to see cultural artefacts. The impact of the young people of telling their stories on stage was incredibly powerful. Her referee said "Alethea is incredibly passionate about young people connecting with their culture. I could not say enough words about how inspirational she is. She makes you want to be the best person you can be".

Media and Communications Award: Kay McGrath
Kay McGrath has been a voice for child protection for more than 34 years. As one of the original Child Protection Week Committee member Kay has worked to bring all child protection non-government organisations together. Working together successfully has created more momentum in child protection than each organisation could individually, driving awareness of child protection to improve outcomes for the safety and wellbeing of children. Throughout Child Protection Week Kay gives generously of her time, attending or performing as MC at numerous events for several organisations. Her attendance gives credibility and profile to these events, which in turn draws attention to the event, Child Protection Week and child abuse as an issue. Kay also draws on her varied and extensive journalism experience to provide advice to the non-government organisations she supports on how to successfully gain media coverage for themselves and the issue. Kay is consistently approachable, knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and well respected by her peers. Her commitment and dedication to promoting child safety across Queensland should be commended.

Addressing Overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, children and young people in the child protection system Award: Joanne Borg
In her capacity as Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Practice Leader for Child Safety (FNQ region), Joanne developed, led and implemented the 'Reconnection' project. The project identified that a high number of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children and young people in alternative care, had been, or are at risk of being disconnected from their family, community and culture. The project was educational for all Child Safety staff, and reconnected a number of children back to their families, communities and culture. The project is now considered to be imbedded in practice across the Far North Queensland region, and will be ongoing until all Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children and young people in alternative care are connected to their culture in a meaningful manner. Jo has had more than 30 years working in the sector. She is a very smart, hard working person. Jo deserves a Nobel Prize for her hard work.

For more details on grant recipients or award winners, please email media@childprotectionweek.net or telephone Danyelle Nolan on 0408 410 930.
To find a QCPW event near you, visit https://childprotectionweek.org.au/events/
 

Releasing personal safety booklet for Grandparent families

Posted on 21 August 2018
Releasing personal safety booklet for Grandparent families
To celebrate Seniors Week 2018 the Daniel Morcombe Foundation is launching a new resource for Grandparent Families on the Sunshine Coast.  When children and young people cannot live at home with their parents, Grandparents are the ones who often step in.  Grandparent carers are the largest group of kinship carers in Australia and their numbers are growing.


"Feeling safe and being safe is an activity booklet that has been developed specifically for Grandparent families." says Holly Brennan, CEO of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. "It will help Grandparents have conversations about personal safety with their grandchildren. As new Grandparents themselves Bruce and Denise know how much keeping kids safe means to all Grandparents."

Media are invited to attend the launch at Lake Kawana Community Centre at 10.30am on Tuesday 21st August.

For children and young people who have been through trauma, neglect or abuse, their experiences of relationships and being safe may not have been positive.  Personal safety education helps to prevent child sexual abuse and supports the development of healthy relationships free from violence and harm.  Children who receive personal safety education are more likely to develop skills that will promote health and safety into adulthood.

Grandparents can use the booklet at home with their grandchild to teach topics such as:

Understanding what safety is

  • Relationships and trust
  • Identifying feelings
  • Naming the public and private parts of the body
  • How Recognise, React and Report unsafe situations

For more information Tracey McAsey 07 5442 3678 or tracey@danielmorcombe.com.au

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