Child Protection Week event shines light on supporters

Child Protection Week
A dinner event will feature awards which recognise an individual or organisation for outstanding contribution to child protection in the community.

A dinner event aimed at raising awareness during Child Protection Week will take place this Friday (6 September 2019), helping to recognise the supporters working tirelessly to help those in need.

Organised by the local CPW Committee, the dinner will be held at Rowers on the River this Friday and includes entertainment, special guest presentations and major awards honouring those who have made a difference.

Child Protection Week is coordinated by the Child Protection Week Committee under the auspices of ACT for Kids.

The objectives are to raise the profile of all issues connected with child protection, including child abuse prevention, treatment, research, education, service provision and support for children, young people and families.

This year's theme is focused on introducing a child development communication frame to promote the message that kids do well when parents are supported.

Local events for CPW

Bundaberg's Child Safety Support Officer Tracey Johnson said the Child Protection Week dinner was open to the whole community and was an important event to not only promote child protection but to also recognise those in the industry.

“This dinner provides a great opportunity for everyone to meet new faces and put our heads together outside of work hours,” she said.

“The event will feature a presentation of the annual Child Protection Week Award which recognises an individual or organisation for outstanding contribution to child protection in our community.”

Tracey said this year also marked the 10th anniversary of the Child Protection Working Action Group in Bundaberg.

“This group is made up of organisations and services, both government and non government, within the Bundaberg area which coordinate a range of activities to further promote and spread the community message that child protection is everyone's business,” Tracey said.

Child Protection Week
The Child Protection Working Action Group comes together annually for the Child Protection Week activities.

Council involvement

Bundaberg Regional Council's Community and Cultural Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Judy Peters said child protection was an important topic and one that all community members could support.

“‘A range of events are organised for Child Protection Week to help spread the message and these events are supported by Council and other Government and non-government community services,” Cr Peters said.

“From trauma-informed yoga, professional development sessions provided by Peirson Services, Rainbow Day, the CPW dinner and activities through the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery (BRAG), there is plenty to be involved in from now until September 7.”

Dinner event details:

The Child Protection Week Dinner will be held this Friday at Rowers on the River from 5.30pm.

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