Sup­port for kids

Fund­ing for new child ad­vo­cacy cen­tre

Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

A CHILD ad­vo­cacy cen­tre in Mid­land, set to help thou­sands of chil­dren and fam­i­lies ex­pe­ri­enc­ing trauma, has re­ceived $4.5 mil­lion in State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

The Lot­tery­west grant will sup­port the con­struc­tion and fit-out of the new Mid­land Child Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre, run by Park­erville Chil­dren and Youth Cen­tre.

The cen­tre will pro­vide ser­vices to chil­dren and their fam­i­lies ex­pe­ri­enc­ing trauma from phys­i­cal, sex­ual or emo­tional abuse.

The fa­cil­ity will in­cor­po­rate a multi-dis­ci­plinary team in­clud­ing doc­tors, po­lice, so­cial work­ers, psy­chol­o­gists and ther­apy staff, all in one child-friendly lo­ca­tion.

The Mid­land Child Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre will be the sec- ond of its kind in Aus­tralia, the first be­ing the Ge­orge Jones Child Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre in Ar­madale. This is also ad­min­is­tered by Park­erville Chil­dren and Youth Cen­tre and opened in 2011.

Child Pro­tec­tion Min­is­ter Si­mone McGurk said it was important vic­tims re­ceived a sym­pa­thetic, mean­ing­ful in­ter­ac­tion and this ap­proach achieved bet­ter jus­tice out­comes.

“The need for this ex­act work has been high­lighted in the re­cent Royal Com­mis­sion into In­sti­tu­tional Re­sponses to Child Sex­ual Abuse,” she said.

Mid­land MLA Michelle Roberts said the Mid­land Child Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre was be­ing built at the Old Rail­way Work­shops and would be an important part of the health precinct.

“The Mid­land com­mu­nity wel­comes this fund­ing, which will give some of our most vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple the op­por­tu­ni­ties they de­serve,” she said.

Si­mone McGurk, Miriam Borth­wick and Basil Hanna.

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