Research indicates that between 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18.It is the responsibility of adults to keep children safe, this includes helping children to develop personal safety skills.
We will be sharing prevention messages, myth busting and encouraging conversations about what every day people can do to help children stay safe.
The community is invited to share strategies they use at home, in schools and the community to help children and young people to feel and be safe. Get involved by visiting https://www.danielmorcombe.com.au/together-we-can.html
The Foundation's CEO, Holly Brennan says, "It seems unthinkable in today's day and age that we need to raise awareness about child sexual abuse but unfortunately there are many adults who still wouldn't recognise the signs or know how to talk to children about simple things like body ownership."
#TogetherWeCan has been funded by the Queensland Government, Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women as part of the 2019 Sexual Violence Prevention Grants.Media Opportunities are available on Wednesday 10th April at Daniel House, 7 Koorawatha Lane, Palmwoods.
A breakthrough was achieved after a dogged review of the key persons of interest by the Queensland State Coroner Michael Barnes and his Counsel Peter Johns in Daniel Morcombe's Coronial Inquest. A subsequent Police investigative review coupled with the very public glare of the Inquest proved the catalyst for an amazing Queensland Police covert operation in partnership with West Australian Police that extracted not only a confession but a re-enactment of events on that fateful day.The repulsive paedophile's callus description of what took place that day and what he did to our much loved Daniel is chilling to say the least. His words have scarred us and will haunt us all forever. However, from such a dark place we have managed to generate a momentum of hope. By harnessing the public's will for change, Daniel's Legacy lives on through the work of Daniel Morcombe Foundation. Day for Daniel, held nationally the last Friday of October, has grown to be Australia's largest and most influential child protection initiative. Each year more than 1,000,000 children, parents and educators join with us to keep kids safe.
We are forever grateful to the men and women of the SES who searched and searched and never gave up. We recognise the scientific experts and the legal process that got it right.We thank the media for never forgetting Daniel. We acknowledge our legal representative Peter Boyce for his commitment and unwavering dedication to find the truth.
Today, collectively as a family we move on but individually we never forget. Daniel's brothers, Dean and Bradley in just 2 weeks trek Kokoda to raise vital funds to directly improve the lives of abused children.
Our family are determined to ensure all children are safe.
The theme of the symposium is 'leading a child safe culture', recognising the importance of student protection at all levels of the organisation and our inherent responsibility to create and maintain safe environments for children.Bruce and Denise Morcombe will be opening the day, providing an update of the important work of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. Judi Fallon from the Alannah and Madeleine Foundation will deliver a keynote address on Sexting and cyberbullying in schools. Professor Stephen Smallbone will also deliver a keynote address on Abuse in Schools: Prevention is better for everyone.
In addition to keynote speakers, a range of practical workshops will be conducted over the day. They include
Sophie added "I am thrilled to be the MC for Dance for Daniel again this year and I am also really excited that this year my boyfriend Josh Gross will be accompanying me to this very worthy event"This will be Joshua Gross's first public appearance with Sophie Monk.
Sophie has also asked her good friend Matty Acton to help her out with her MC duties.The Dance for Daniel is the Daniel Morcombe Foundation's major fund raising event of the year. These funds are used to further our aims of (1) educating children about personal safety, (2) assisting victims of crime particularly where that crime involves children.
This will be the Foundations' 14th Annual Gala Dinner Dance. We have previously held thirteen highly successful events and are confident the 14th Dance for Daniel will be our best ever.We are expecting over 450 guests to attend our 2019 Dance. Guests will be treated to a superb 3 course meal, beverages, an auction and excellent entertainment.
Please visit our website to view our latest newsletter as this contains news and information on our recent successes. www.danielmorcombe.com.au
Media OpportunityWhat: DANCE FOR DANIEL 2019
When: Saturday March 9thTime: 6pm
Where: Brisbane City Hall
By arrangement with: Tracey McAsey
Mobile: 0420 300 737
Bruce and Denise along with the Hon. Di Farmer officially opened Daniel House in front of 150 invited guests. Guests included representatives of Queensland State Government, over 100 local businesses who had contributed to the Daniel House project and friends and supporters of the Morcombe Family and Foundation.Daniel House is now the Foundation's National Office and includes the "Walk Tall" Program which offers free counselling services for child survivors of crime.
Denise said "We will be delivering free Child Counselling for the youngsters that have had a start to life that is not right in a modern Australia. Repairing these damaged lives and setting them on a path that will see them flourish is just so rewarding. This service is not just in Palmwoods but also reaches from Gympie to Caboolture."Bruce said "We have so much opportunity to make a very real difference in saving young lives. We can now provide in-house film recording and online webinars. Modern, best practice, evidence based, responsive, effective, meaningful and engaging child safety education can be delivered in a very cost effect way right here, on-sight.'
Based on the Sunshine Coast, Daniel House will continue to deliver its' Keeping Kids Safe programs and resources and coordinate Australia's Largest National Day of Action on child safety awareness Day for Daniel.Bruce said "Daniel's final resting place is just a few hundred meters from our ceremony this morning. Palmwoods has been, is and will continue to be the emotional heart of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation."
The State Government provided $900,000 in funding to help complete the build. Over 100 local businesses from the Sunshine Coast have been very generous in contributing approximately $500,000 to the project making this a strong community project.Minister Farmer said she was honoured to join with Bruce and Denise for the Daniel House opening and to provide State Government funding towards its construction.
"I know this beautiful building and the ongoing work of the foundation will be a lasting legacy to Daniel," she said.
"Bruce and Denise and all those involved in the Foundation should be rightly proud of the space they have created here and of their ongoing commitment to keeping our children safe."I look forward to hearing more about the great work that will be undertaken here."
Holly Brennan, CEO of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation said "It is a privilege to have a home. A home that has been built by community to help children across Australia to grow up free from abuse. Daniel House will honour Daniel's legacy. We will work every day to prevent and respond to child abuse from our new hub."
What: Grand Opening Daniel House
When: Friday February 15th
Time: 8.45am for Interviews and grabs with Bruce, Denise. the Hon. Di Farmer,
Holly Brennan CEO
9.00am Tour of Daniel House vision
9.30am Grand Opening Ceremony commences
There will be no interviews/grabs available from Bruce and Denise after the Grand Opening Ceremony.
Where: 7 Koorawatha Lane, Palmwoods
Bruce and Denise Morcombe
The Hon. Di Farmer Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.
Holly Brennan CEO Daniel Morcombe Foundation
Mobile 0420 300 737
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation supports the call for an evidence based nationally consistent Public Register of Child Sex Offenders. This National Register is recommended alongside a comprehensive approach to reducing recidivism and preventing child sexual abuse.
Bruce Morcombe said "Daniel's Law is gathering momentum. This is a win for parents, carers and importantly our precious children. Today's announcement is music to my ears. Australia is one giant step closer to having a publicly accessible child sex offenders register."
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation welcomes the opportunity to join a Reference Group regarding the National Public Register of Child Sex Offenders as this consultation process continues.
Read the consultation paper:
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
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."
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 program is based on five sessions of approximately 20-30 minute duration. The final lesson (5) will include revision and the badge presentation.
For more information contact:
Phone 07 5442 3678
The Day for Daniel, a National
Day of Action raising
awareness of Child Safety,
Protection & Prevention