Child sex­ual as­sault workshop well sup­ported

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

ABOUT 40 peo­ple gave up their time on Mon­day night to learn about the dif­fi­cult topic of child sex­ual as­sault, at a spe­cial workshop ti­tled ‘Sup­port­ing Hands’.

The workshop was a train­ing pro­gram cre­ated by child pro­tec­tion ad­vo­cates Brave­hearts and brought to the re­gion by the Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­selling Ser­vice (WCCS) with sup­port from the Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach.

WCCS coun­sel­lor Leah An­der­son said among the at­ten­dees were child­care work­ers, nurses, teach­ers, mem­bers of lo­cal ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions, coun­sel­lors and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who were keen to learn how they could help.

“Peo­ple seemed to be able to take some­thing away, which was the main aim – more aware­ness and mak­ing peo­ple bet­ter aware of how to pro­tect our chil­dren.”

The com­mu­nity workshop was fol­lowed by two days of spe­cial­ist train­ing for lo­cal prac­ti­tion­ers at a ‘Work­ing with Child Sex­ual As­sault’ workshop, also hosted by WCCS and sup­ported by Ro­tary.

Ms An­der­son said this was an in­ter­ac­tive course de­signed specif­i­cally for health­care pro­fes­sion­als work­ing with, or pro­vid­ing ther­a­peu­tic sup­port to chil­dren and young peo­ple who were af­fected or at risk of sex­ual as­sault.

Air­lie Beach Ro­tar­ian Steve An­der­son said Ro­tary was pleased to have been able to sup­port the com­mu­nity in bring­ing th­ese pro­grams here.

The work­shops have formed part of Sex­ual Vi­o­lence Aware­ness Month (SVAM), which in­cludes a range of ac­tiv­i­ties and events aimed at in­creas­ing aware­ness of this is­sue.

The next SVAM ac­tiv­ity is a sign and poster paint­ing ses­sion for the forth­com­ing Re­claim the Night march, at the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood cen­tre to­day, from 10am-1pm. For more in­for­ma­tion, phone 4946 4850.

SUP­PORT: Leah An­der­son (WCCS) Jes­sica Mor­row (Brave­hearts) Roger Boast (Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach pres­i­dent) and Mandy Coles (WCCS) at the Sup­port­ing Hands com­mu­nity workshop held on Mon­day night.

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