Support for kids
Funding for new child advocacy centre
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.