A publicly accessible sex offender website is part of a responsible and responsive approach to educating parents and carers about keeping kids safe. We need to use all of the resources available. One child becoming a victim of a known perpetrator is a child too many.
Today in Canberra, with Senator Derryn Hinch, Bruce and Denise Morcombe urge Australians to sign in support of 'Daniel's Law' with the relaunch of Public Sex Offender Petition.Background Point of Note:
The offenders who might be listed on the site are the worst of the worst. They will be perpetrators who have raped and murdered children. We owe it to our kids to make a stand and say "we know who you are and we know what you have done".
Holly Brennan, CEO of The Daniel Morcombe Foundation reaffirms that the Foundation is committed to education, protection and empowerment of all children. The Foundation supports the creation of any resource which will assist parents and carers in preventing the risk of harm to their children.
"Sometimes parents are complacent. They wrongly assume that this is an issue for other suburbs and other streets. Parents think that sexual abuse happens to other children in someone else's family. Daniel's Law, sadly, will remind all of us that we need to talk with our children about being safe. Laws alone do not protect our children. Laws with education, support and evidence will help", says Ms Brennan. "We need a comprehensive approach."
The Foundation was established as a lasting legacy to Daniel and 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.
Holly brings with her 25 years experience in child abuse prevention and respectful relationships education including working for Family Planning Queensland for 20 years (1996 to 2015). She held numerous roles including General Manager; Education and Community Services. 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.Bruce and Denise said they are very excited to hand over the reins to such an experienced and knowledgeable child safety expert and are hoping Ms Brennan can continue to grow the Foundation and expand on current programs and services.
Ms Holly Brennan said "I am deeply honoured to be taking on the role of CEO at the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. The Foundation is committed to helping all children and young people be safe from abuse and harm. I really couldn't imagine wanting to work anywhere else."Bruce and Denise will remain on the Daniel Morcombe Foundation Committee and as Queensland Child Safety Ambassadors. They will continue to make appearances and be spokespeople on behalf of the Foundation.
STATEMENT FROM THE MORCOMBE FAMILY
"Our son Daniel was abducted and murdered more than 13 years ago.
This triggered what is believed to be the largest police investigations in Queensland and one of the largest in Australia.
Globally, it is believed to be second only to Madeleine McCann's disappearance in terms of public interest, primarily driven by traditional media and social media.
Our family acknowledges and thank: Police, SES volunteers, forensic experts, Department of Justice, media, businesses and individuals who collectively contributed in finding Daniel's remains and having a guilty man rightfully convicted and now serving a life sentence.
Our request to Queensland State Coroner Terry Ryan for a resumption of the Coronial Inquest has been granted and we thank him for that decision. The purpose of the resumption is to complete a process that was started, then adjourned, 6 years ago.
This is a unique opportunity and a valuable one. To let it pass helps nobody, because rarely, if ever before, has an Inquest commenced with 33 Persons of Interest and a missing child; and this process elevates one person, dismisses 32 and a family are provided the opportunity to lay that loved one to rest.
Now we have the answers, the resumption will focus on investigative methodology. What systems worked and what could have been done better.
As tragic as Daniel's case is, there will be another, and another; they will walk in our shoes.
If we help one family's tragic case reach a conclusion and not have it destined to become a cold case then the resumption has a purpose and is worth it."
NB: The Resumption is scheduled to commence at 9.00am in the Brisbane Magistrates Court (Court 4 Level 1) on 14 Dec 2016.
Daniel's Law would:
List violent sex offenders on a publically accessible website
Identify these people by name and alias
Show a current photo of them
Provide the general geographical area they live in. (Not the actual street address)
Identify in broad general terms their history of offending
Background Points of Note:
Child victim's of sexual assault will not be identified
Suggestions of increased vigilantism is not supported by statistics
Educating parents and children about potential risks is being responsible
Using the internet and online technology is the modern way we communicate today
Providing an increased deterrent to future predators makes common sense
$10,000 Dance Fever for Daniel winner
St Flannan's School in Zillmere have won the inaugural Dance Fever for Daniel competition. Dancefever Multisport presented a significant $10,000 cheque to St Fannan's for producing the most outstanding video.
The Dance Fever for Daniel Competition was organised by Dancefever Multisport and supported by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation as part of 'Day for Daniel' 2015. The competition was open to all schools in Queensland and New South Wales.
The competition was a video production that focused on Child Safety and Movement. Schools designed, performed and filmed a video production within their school premises such as school hall, stage, classroom and playground. There was no competition entry fee.
Dance Fever for Daniel Competition video production covered a variety of curriculum content across The Arts and Health and Physical Education within the Australian Curriculum.
Maria Russo said "The aim of this competition was to bring greater awareness and importance of child safety and movement for children within primary schools. We were really impressed by the quality and content of the video's that were submitted"
Denise Morcombe added "It was a wonderful initiative for students to learn in a fun way, incorporating our safety messages 'Recognise, React and Report'".
Link to the winning video: https://youtu.be/bqvBzINPunk
The 12th Annual 'Day for Daniel' will be held on Friday 28th October 2016.
Parents, carers, educators can visit the 'Day for Daniel' website for resources and information on how to keep kids safe.
After launching the first Keeping Kids Safe Resource Kit in September 2014 requests were made by the public to produce versions for children with special needs and those with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage.Denise Morcombe said "These new components are written specifically for children with special needs and children and young people with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. It differs from our original resource kit material largely by way of its message delivery. Working with industry experts it was identified that our key words: Recognise, React, Report remain important and should still be the cornerstone of our safety material. But keep it targeted, short and sharp , fun and engaging."
By telling stories relevant to our indigenous and special needs friends and using language that is appropriate I think we have a unique combination that will go a long way to assisting these most vulnerable children"The Daniel Morcombe Foundation collaborated with a number of agencies and stakeholders to assist them in compiling material that would suit the needs of these groups.
This new educational DVD will be supplied free of charge to schools and community groups around Australia. It has a series of menu prompts that are in alignment with the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum and reinforce the key safety words; Recognise, React and Report.Filmed scenarios include age appropriate topics covering: Recognising Body Clues, Reacting unsafe situations, Reporting to people on your Safety Network as well as safe internet and safe Mobile Phone Use and others.
Congratulations Charlie Wetere for receiving an Australian Government Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation for your dedication and commitment to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and for your ongoing volunteer work at the One Heart Training Academy which supports youth in Nambour. Thank you for contributing to our Foundation and Community. You truly are a local hero.
Charlie has been a volunteer with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation for over 8years. In this time he has assisted the Foundation to move Offices twice and helped out with 7 x Dance for Daniels and 7 x Walk for Daniels. He has also contributed in many other ways and helped raised valuable funds for the Foundation.
Mrs Sandra Cathcart Mother of 2 young girls. Works part time in the Media and Advertising industry and Sergeant Tim Britten CV Father of 3 boys. Australia's highest decorated serving Police Officer. A Police Officer of 20 years currently a Police Prosecutor in WA.
Thank you so much for helping us spread our child safety messages across Australia.
4 May 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bruce and Denise said "We started the Foundation to repay the community for all their help in the first 12 months after Daniel went missing. We cannot believe a decade has now elapsed. In that time thousands of children have benefited from our work"The first committee members included Tim Ryan, Julie Elliot, Samantha McDowall, Brett Winkler and Bruce and Denise. Prominent Lawyer Peter Boyce was to join us just 2 weeks later for the 2nd meeting.
The Foundation now employs 6 people who work from the Daniel Morcombe Foundation Office at The Big Pineapple.The Foundation has worked tirelessly over the past 10 years to 'Keep Kids Safe' and to deliver their two main aims of educating children about their personal safety in physical and online environment and to assist young victims of crime.
To help celebrate our anniversary The Help Me App will now be available Free of Charge from today.The Daniel Morcombe Foundation has made many significant achievements including the following;
QLD Child Safety AmbassadorsBruce and Denise Morcombe were appointed as QLD Child Safety Ambassadors in 2011. Since that time they have presented to 350 schools in QLD on child safety and protection .
The Daniel Morcombe Child Safety CurriculumThe Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum was launched in September 2012. One of the main aims of the Foundation is to have this modern, engaging and vital child safety initiative rolled out in every school in all States and Territories.
'Keeping Kids Safe' Resource KitThe Daniel Morcombe Foundation launched the 'Keeping Kids Safe' Resource Kit in September 2014, as part of their objective to educate children to keep safe.
The kit includes a DVD with 9 different scenarios which is aligned to the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum and a 20 page Education Resource Booklet.The Daniel Morcombe Foundation has funded the production of 20,000 resource kits. To date the Foundation has posted one kit to every State, Catholic and Independent School in Australia which equates to 10,127 kits. An additional 7,000 kits have been sent to parents, carers and community groups.
Prior to the production and distribution of the Keeping Kids Safe Resource Kit the Foundation produced and distributed 45,000 copies of the child safety DVD - Foundation Red.
The Day for Daniel is a National Day of Action to raise awareness of child safety, protection and harm prevention. Wear Red and Educate is its simple but powerful slogan. Linking Daniel's very real story with child safety is a very powerful combination.Day for Daniel is the largest child safety awareness day of its type in Australia. In recent years more than 1 million Australians joined with us in protecting children.
In 2014 over 900 schools in QLD registered to participate in Day for Daniel. In 2014 over 1,500 schools and 1,000 businesses across Australia registered to participate in Day for Daniel.
Victims of Crime
This support includes; Funding medical expenses for victims of crime usually in the form of counselling, funding therapeutic activities including sporting and recreational pursuits to increase self esteem and self worth.
The Walk Tall Program is funded by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and is managed by Act for Kids. Walk Tall provides counselling and emotional support to children and adolescents on the Sunshine Coast who have either experienced or are at risk of physical, emotional and/or sexual harm.
Being Safety Smart
This App is a great way to not only help keep kids safe, but assist people of all ages, from 7 to 97, covering all kinds of personal emergency situations!
The 'Help Me' button sends an emergency text with GPS location details to two nominated mobile numbers as part of your trusted safety network and has a number of other unique features including safety tips and note filing.
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation has been the recipient of a number of awards including;2011 QLD Child Protection Award for "Foundation Red" Best Educational initiative.
For more information contact Tracey McAsey, call 0420 300 737 or email email@example.com or visit our website www.danielmorcombe.com.au
Bruce and Denise Morcombe will be available for interviews and photos
Footage is available at http://www.danielmorcombe.com.au/10-year-anniversary.html
Tuesday 5th May at 10am
10 Year anniversary video http://www.danielmorcombe.com.au/10-year-anniversary.html
The Day for Daniel, a National
Day of Action raising
awareness of Child Safety,
Protection & Prevention