Right now is a crucial time to protect all of our children
MOST South Australians will think back to their childhood with fond memories. But childhood isn’t always a happy time for everyone.
For some children and young people, home is not a safe space and the measures that aim to stop the spread of COVID-19 could make it harder for children to speak out about abuse and neglect.
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Prospect Council’s infrastructure and environment director Simon Bradley said while playgrounds were cleaned regularly, it was vital that visitors took their own action to stay safe.
“In the current environment, people may wish to bring their own sanitisers and antiseptic wipes to wipe hands and any equipment before using it,” Mr Bradley said.
Charles Sturt Council reopened all of its 150 playgrounds on Sunday.
Salisbury Council has already reopened its unfenced lation are disruptive for all children, but for those suffering abuse and neglect, the measures bring a higher risk to their safety and wellbeing.
In the absence of sports teams, social clubs and play dates, these young people may have no one to turn to if they are unsafe at home.
It is vital that we listen to and believe children when they say they are scared or feeling unsafe.
It is more important than ever that we work together to protect all children in our community. play areas and its enclosed playgrounds will reopen later this week.
Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge said the council would continue with its scheduled cleaning program, but would not be responsible for sanitising equipment.
Norwood, Payneham & St Peters Mayor Robert Bria said staff were just as excited as the council’s youngest citizens that playgrounds were no longer off limits.
“In order to protect the ongoing health and wellbeing of children and their parents and
abuse and neglect is a very complex issue, but there are warning signs that you can look out for.
You might notice unexplained changes in their percarers, the council is carefully planning and preparing a reopening strategy which will include the cleaning of playgrounds to ensure a safe environment” Mr Bria said.
Holdfast Bay Council has started reopening play areas but the Glenelg Foreshore and John Miller Reserve playgrounds will remain closed until maintenance is completed.
Port Adelaide Enfield Mayor Claire Boan said while her council was reopening its 126 playgrounds, it was seeking more clarity around the requirement for cleaning. sonality or behaviour, or they have become angry or anxious and withdrawn.
They might display knowledge of adult issues that are inappropriate for their age.
You might notice injuries on babies which they couldn’t have caused to themselves and unusual bruises and injuries on older children that don’t look like they are from accidents.
These signs don’t necessarily mean that a child is being abused, there could be other things happening in their life which are affecting their behaviour, but there are professionals
Woodville South resident Tara O’Kelly and her children Harvey, 8, and Daisy, 6, are excited their local playground at St Clair Recreation Centre has reopened.
“It feels great knowing the kids can run around and play and get some sunshine at their favourite playground,” Ms O’Kelly said.
“I think it’s a great thing the restrictions are starting to ease.
“It’ll help the kids realise that life is still normal and they can still play and do the regular things they used to do before everything closed.” that can help you assess the situation.
Childhood shapes who we become, but abuse never should. If you are worried about a child, even if you are unsure, it is vital you report your concerns.
It’s normal to feel anxious or nervous about reporting abuse or neglect, but it could be the first step in helping to protect them. You can call the Child Abuse Report Line on 13 14 78. In an emergency, call 000.
And, if you are a young person reading this and someone
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