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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
"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
For more information Tracey McAsey 07 5442 3678 or email@example.com
Link to resource
Holly is an experienced and knowledgeable child safety expert who continues to grow the Foundation and expand on current programs and services across Australia including; Day for Daniel, Australia's Biggest Child Safety Lesson and the Foundations Keeping Kids Safe resources. At present just over 10% of schools across Western Australia participate in Day for Daniel. In 2017 over 1 million people participated across the nation in what is Australia's largest child safety awareness day.Holly has 25 years' experience in child abuse prevention and respectful relationships education including working for Family Planning for 20 years. Holly received her Medal of the Order of Australia in 2012 for service to the community through organisations promoting the welfare and rights of children. She has also received numerous other child safety and protection awards.
"The Foundation is committed to helping all children and young to people be safe from abuse and harm. I really couldn't imagine wanting to work anywhere else." said Holly.ENDS
Holly is available for Media Interviews upon request.For more information contact:
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation is finally getting a home.
Bruce and Denise along with The Hon. Di Farmer will turn the first sod at a Groundbreaking Ceremony in Palmwoods on Wednesday 9th May at 2pm.
The building when complete will be named Daniel House. It will be the Foundation's Administrative hub and will include the "Walk Tall" Program which offers free counselling services for survivors of crime.
Denise said, "Supporting young victims of crime through the "Walk Tall" counselling service is a cornerstone of work undertaken at the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. Daniel House will support this important program in a modern, child friendly facility. This will significantly benefit the community on the Sunshine Coast and more broadly this will make a measurable difference to children, young people and their families from Caboolture to Gympie."
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.
"This new office space will make a significant contribution to protecting all children across Australia providing improved capability to produce new cutting edge resources in-house" explained Bruce.
The State Government provided $900,000 in funding to help complete the build. Local Businesses from the Sunshine Coast have also been very generous in contributing to the project making this very much a community project.
Bruce said "The generous donations from local businesses, in addition to, the government grant is quite unexpected and very moving for us personally. We thank you one and all!"
House for Daniel is a very important and exciting milestone but the Foundation has also just reached another important achievement. $1million has been spent by the Foundation on assisting Survivors of Crime. "We are proud to say that all of this money has come from donations made by Mums and Dads from across Australia" says Holly Brennan (CEO).
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Bruce and Denise were honoured to have been chosen to carry the Queen's baton on the final stages of its journey to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Denise was first to carry the Baton from Dingle street in Caloundra to The Esplanade where Bruce was waiting for her to make the handover.
Bruce then carried the Baton along the Happy Valley footpath to Minchinton Street.
"We are so proud to receive this honour to carry the Queen's Baton", said Bruce Morcombe at the event.
Denise stated, "I know I'm really carrying this baton for Daniel and my boys and of course for all the children and young people who have experienced abuse and neglect. Bruce and I carry the Queen's Baton so that all Australians remember that we must always put Keeping Kids Safe in the spotlight. One child harmed is a child too many."
Many Daniel Morcombe Foundation supporters and Morcombe Family were in the crowd waving flags and cheering them along.
Bruce and Denise followed their relay honour with a celebratory morning tea thanking local supporters of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.
More than 3,500 baton bearers will bring the baton across Australia to the opening ceremony on April 4 2018.
Denise Baton relay commences 10.27am
Bruce Baton relay commences 10.30am
Broadcast, Interviews, film and photo opportunities at The Sandbar Café, cnr Minchinton Street and The Esplanade.
By arrangement with: Tracey McAsey
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January 23, 2018
Bruce and Denise Morcombe earn top honours at Australia Day Awards
Dedicated and passionate child safety advocates, Bruce and Denise Morcombe were named the 2018 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards Citizens of the Year at a special ceremony held today (January 23) at The Events Centre, Caloundra.
As a legacy to Daniel and in honour of his memory, Bruce and Denise founded the Daniel Morcombe Foundation to assist educators and parents in the education of children about their personal safety, assist young victims of crime and empower people to make their local communities safer for children.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said this year's Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards had again highlighted the outstanding work of a number of community-focussed Sunshine Coast citizens and organisations.
"The work Bruce and Denise have done for our community, and many other communities across Queensland, has and will continue to help protect our youngest citizens from harm."Their dedication to promoting child safety is honourable and this award is one way we are able to show our appreciation for their work.
"Our nominees in the Australia Day Awards are a very special group of achievers and this is our chance to say thank you."Their stories and efforts are inspirational and highlight how fortunate we are to have so many everyday heroes walking amongst us.
"They fully deserve this public recognition for what they do to make our region a better place."The 2018 Australia Day Award recipients were nominated by the community and selected by a panel of local leaders and experts, including the 2017 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year award recipient, Jak Hardy.
2018 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Award winnersBruce and Denise Morcombe Citizens of the Year Award, sponsored by 7 News Sunshine Coast
Bruce has presented on child safety to more than 500 schools across Queensland as a Queensland Child Safety Ambassador, created Day for Daniel, helped to develop the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum in collaboration with the QLD Department of Education, QLD Police Service and Department of Community Services and personally assisted families of missing persons and created the Walk Tall Program in collaboration with ACT for Kids.Olivia Lindsay Young Citizen of the Year Award, sponsored by USC
She represented Australia at the London International Youth Science Forum, studied advanced physics at the Junior Physics Olympiad (2015) and was selected for the Young Scholars Program (2016).Olivia volunteers her time to a project called The Olive Stories that aims to empower youth. She is a keen instrumentalist that volunteers her time to the Vivace String Ensemble.
She was named the Public Speaking winner at the Lions Youth of the Year quest.Donald Moffatt Senior Citizen of the Year Award, sponsored by Maroochy RSL
He also chaired the Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service for 21 years, helping to save more than 42,000 lives.Daniel Morcombe Foundation Community Group or Organisation Award, sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Daily
The Foundation was established as a lasting legacy to Daniel and assists educators and parents in the education of children about their personal safety, assists young victims of crime and empowers all Australians to make their own local communities safer places for children.Judy Pippen Creative Award, sponsored by TAFE Queensland
Under Judy's voluntary management and the efforts of its board, the organisation has moved from a tactical strategy of activating and animating the space, to a more considered strategic approach to medium and long term development.Judy has managed the day-to-day operations of the facility and dedicated time as secretary of the board.
Judy continues to manage Work for the Dole volunteers, who are engaged both operationally and creatively.Through Judy's expert fundraising skills the Old Ambo attracted more than $200,000 in funding for building and business development as well as creative project development and delivery.
Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Environment and Sustainability Award, sponsored by Living Smart Sunshine Coast
Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors aims to involve people in the protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife.
The largest project of Wildlife Warriors is the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital that treats, rehabilitates and releases sick, injured and displaced native wildlife. The hospital has treated more than 73,200 patients. The hospital team also conduct and support vital research.Sunshine Coast Lightning Sport and Recreation Award, sponsored by Sunshine Coast Sports Federation
Led by CEO, Danielle Smith CA and Head Coach, Noeline Taurua, the club has made a concerted effort to involve the community along the way.The team has done an outstanding job of representing the Sunshine Coast in women's sport, and, in their first year of play, brought home the premiership.
They have encouraged young girls to aim for greatness, as well as making Sunshine Coasters proud of what we can achieve.ENDS
Lightning will work alongside The Daniel Morcombe Foundation, headspace Maroochydore and White Ribbon in the hope of building the organisations' profiles even further on a national platform, assisting in fundraising endeavors and raising awareness around relevant social issues.The Daniel Morcombe Foundation is committed to Keeping Kids Safe. The Foundation was established as a legacy to Daniel Morcombe who was abducted and murdered in December 2003 while waiting to catch a bus on the Sunshine Coast. Daniel's parents, Bruce and Denise, set-up the Foundation in 2005 and it now has two main aims; to educate children on how to stay safe in a physical and online environment and to support young victims of crime.
CEO, Ms Holly Brennan OAM said The Daniel Morcombe Foundation feels honoured to link with Lightning.
"The Sunshine Coast Club's commitment to children, young people and the community aligns with our mission to actively support all communities to be safe places for children to grow, play and thrive," Brennan said.
"We at the Daniel Morcombe Foundation understand and admire that spirit to be the best you can be and make a difference."headspace Maroochydore is the national youth mental health foundation dedicated to improving the wellbeing of young Australians. headspace Maroochydore provides early intervention mental health services for 12 to 25-year-olds.
The organisation covers four core areas; mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.
"We believe that good mentors play such an important role in the lives of young people in our community. A good mentor can lead by example and influence the views, ideals, and actions of a young person," Community and Youth Engagement Officer, Jacinta Hess said.
"headspace Maroochydore are grateful to have been chosen as one of Lightning's Charity Partners for 2018. We are looking forward to collaborating with the team to better the lives of young people on the Sunny Coast."
White Ribbon is part of a global movement to end men's violence against women. Through education, awareness raising, creative campaigns, preventative programs and partnerships, White Ribbon provides the tools for men to stop violence against women in their community and beyond.
"Using strong, elite sporting female role models from Lightning, White Ribbon Sunshine Coast aim to inspire change within both men and women around respect, equality and acceptance," said Brett Phillips.
"Men's violence against women occurs across Australia and across all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, educational levels, occupations, socio-economic statuses and sexual orientations.
"Education and awareness-raising of family violence is the main focus for White Ribbon, with the 'Breaking the Silence' program for schools and community groups the priority in 2018.
For more information on White Ribbon, head here: https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/
For more information on headspace Maroochydore, head here: https://headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/maroochydore/
For more information on The Daniel Morcombe Foundation, head here: http://www.danielmorcombe.com.au
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The Day for Daniel, a National
Day of Action raising
awareness of Child Safety,
Protection & Prevention