Pro­tect­ing chil­dren every­body’s busi­ness

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tibballs

IF you visit the Dou­glas Shire of­fices in Mossman this week, you won’t miss the mes­sage that ‘pro­tect­ing chil­dren is every­body’s busi­ness.’

The foyer is decked out as part of Child Pro­tec­tion Week with art­work cre­ated by kids from the Mossman Youth Cen­tre.

Youth de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor Sara Har­ris said the art was a way for chil­dren to “project their in­ter­pre­ta­tion – through art or words – what child pro­tec­tion means to them.”

Work­ing with the help of vol­un­teer Roberto O’Gor­man, the kids cre­ated ev­ery­thing on show in­clud­ing the cen­tre­piece dis­play.

“(Roberto’s) pres­ence in the Youth Cen­tre is a huge as­set to the youths, Mossman Youth Ser­vices, com­mu­nity and our or­gan­i­sa­tion Mossman Sup­port Ser­vices,” said Ms Har­ris.

Chair­man of the Mossman Sup­port Ser­vices Ker­rie Jamieson said that the Child Pro­tec­tion Week was a good fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to teach the com­mu­nity and chil­dren about deal­ing with abuse and ne­glect.

“High­light­ing it to the kids gives them the con­fi­dence to know that peo­ple are ready to lis­ten to and sup­port them,” she said.

As part of Child Pro­tec­tion Week there will be laz­ertag for kids at the Mossman Show­grounds this Satur­day.

Call 4098 1487 for de­tails.

Kids from the Mossman Youth Cen­tre. Pic­tured: Jimeto Shaun, Jerome Denman, Tay­lah Stephen­son, Shakara Gore, Damien Saunders, Nike Pierce, Etho Gib­son, Isacc Pierce, Petrie Miller, Brett Kulka.

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