Time to pro­tect our chil­dren

Chinchilla News - - NEWS | OPINION -

NA­TIONAL Child Pro­tec­tion Week runs from Septem­ber 3–9. In this week we take the time to re­flect on child pro­tec­tion is­sues and pro­mote the well-be­ing of our young peo­ple.

I am ask­ing for a world with­out child abuse, and we can only achieve that though cre­at­ing safe en­vi­ron­ments for our kids.

Re­ports of child abuse are over­whelm­ing and give wit­ness to the lack of ac­count­abil­ity for adults who abuse young peo­ple.

Sadly, some com­mu­ni­ties are look­ing the other way, ig­nor­ing the abuse of chil­dren be­cause this is the eas­i­est op­tion. Peo­ple don’t want to get in­volved in no­ti­fy­ing as­saults on our young peo­ple be­cause of the fear of the con­se­quences from the per­pe­tra­tors.

Noth­ing is more im­por­tant than pro­tect­ing our vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren from abuse and ne­glect. Child abuse goes be­yond the tears and pain ex­pe­ri­enced in child­hood.

Vic­tims en­dure a life­time of psy­cho­log­i­cal and emo­tional dis­tress, they of­ten be­come drug users to kill the pain of abuse, at­tempt sui­cide, self-mu­ti­late and have ma­jor trust is­sues.

We, as a so­ci­ety, must en­sure that we pro­vide our chil­dren with a safe and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment, so that they have the op­por­tu­nity to reach their full po­ten­tial.

My or­gan­i­sa­tion, Youth Off The Streets is ded­i­cated to help­ing vic­tims of child abuse through ex­ten­sive pro­grams as well as our trained youth work­ers, case work­ers and psy­chol­o­gists.

We strive to of­fer a full cur­ricu­lum of care that is pro­vided on a case by case ba­sis, en­sur­ing our young peo­ple get the care they so des­per­ately need.

We as a com­mu­nity need to lis­ten to what is hap­pen­ing to our young peo­ple, speak up and get help when our chil­dren are in trou­ble. To­gether we can pro­tect some of Aus­tralia’s most vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple from ex­pe­ri­enc­ing this trauma.

— Fa­ther Chris Ri­ley CEO and Founder at Youth Off The Streets

❝ Noth­ing is more im­por­tant than pro­tect­ing our vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren from abuse and ne­glect. — Fr Chris Ri­ley

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