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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
What: Launch of Day for Daniel 2018
When: Tuesday 23rd October
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
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 is now really keen to help promote our 14th Annual Day for Daniel being held on Friday 26th October across Australia.
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.
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
The Day for Daniel, a National
Day of Action raising
awareness of Child Safety,
Protection & Prevention