Free work­shops to help pro­tect Bur­nett chil­dren

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FREE work­shops will be held in Kin­garoy to help with the preven­tion of child abuse and ne­glect.

The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for Preven­tion of Child Abuse and Ne­glect will visit Kin­garoy in Novem­ber, as part of its state-wide Play Your Part child safety ed­u­ca­tion road show.

NAPCAN’s Queens­land Man­ager, Sammy Brud­erer said Queens­land Gov­ern­ment fund­ing meant the as­so­ci­a­tion could de­liver free work­shops through­out Queens­land, which would go a long way to mak­ing sure in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions un­der­stood their role in keep­ing chil­dren safe.

“This work is all about preven­tion; stop­ping child abuse and ne­glect be­fore it hap­pens. We know that one of the best ways to do this is to ed­u­cate com­mu­nity mem­bers, par­tic­u­larly those who work di­rectly or in­di­rectly with chil­dren about how they can play their part in pro­tect­ing chil­dren,” she said.

“These work­shops are usu­ally of­fered as fee for ser­vice, so this is a great op­por­tu­nity for com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to ac­cess free pro­fes­sional train­ing and, more im­por­tantly, do their bit to keep our chil­dren safe.”

Min­is­ter for Child Safety Shannon Fen­ti­man said, while child safety staff and non-gov­ern­ment agen­cies did a great job in deal­ing with some of the most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren in our state, it was im­por­tant to build re­spon­si­ble com­mu­ni­ties play­ing their part in car­ing for chil­dren.

“Child safety is ev­ery­one’s busi­ness and giv­ing peo­ple the skills to cre­ate child safe en­vi­ron­ments helps pre­vent abuse and ne­glect of chil­dren,” she said.

The work­shop will be in Kin­garoy from 9am to noon on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 30.

This work­shop is for all em­ploy­ees and vol­un­teers who work with chil­dren to en­sure they un­der­stand their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in iden­ti­fy­ing and re­port­ing abuse, with top­ics cov­er­ing:

Roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in the preven­tion of child abuse and ne­glect, leg­isla­tive roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in re­la­tion to re­port­ing child abuse and ne­glect (i.e. manda­tory re­port­ing).

Or­gan­i­sa­tional and in­di­vid­ual re­spon­si­bil­ity in re­spond­ing to early in­di­ca­tors of harm and fam­ily sup­port needs, def­i­ni­tions of child abuse and ne­glect in­clud­ing recog­nis­ing harm in­di­ca­tors and child/fam­ily risk and pro­tec­tive fac­tors.

How to re­spond to dis­clo­sures of child abuse and ne­glect preven­tion strate­gies and prac­tices.

Child Safe Or­gan­i­sa­tions Work­shop (af­ter­noon ses­sion) will be on Novem­ber 30 from 1pm4.30pm.

This work­shop is for all em­ploy­ees and vol­un­teers to learn about their part in creat­ing safe or­gan­i­sa­tions for chil­dren, and pre­vent­ing abuse be­fore it oc­curs, with top­ics cov­er­ing:

Back­ground of child safe or­gan­i­sa­tion de­vel­op­ment

Es­tab­lish­ing and main­tain­ing a child safe cul­ture Child in­clu­sive prac­tice How to cre­ate child safe and friendly en­vi­ron­ments

Key el­e­ments of a child safe or­gan­i­sa­tion

In­tro­duc­ing the ‘more than safe’ com­mit­ment state­ment.

To book, par­tic­i­pants will need to visit www.napcan.org.au and click on the link to the train­ing cal­en­dar at the bot­tom left of the home page. Or direct link to www.napcan.is­mart­soft­ware .net/iRegis­ter/Cour­ses.

Health­care pro­fes­sion­als; teach­ers and child­care work­ers; busi­nesses who em­ploy young peo­ple.

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