Spring 2008

About Us
Children’s Safety Australia Inc. is a registered charity and incorporated association. Our mission is to maximise the safety and enhance the wellbeing of children and young people and encourage them to reach their full potential.

The organisation is based in Brisbane and was established in 2008 as a non-profit sister organisation to Personal Safety Australia, an organisation sharing our strong commitment to children’s safety and wellbeing.

Children’s Safety Australia Inc. acknowledges the vulnerability of children and young people to personal violence and the need for them to be protected by adults and empowered with practical strategies and skills to address safety threats when trusted adults are not around.

We teach our children how to be safe in the water, sun, car and when riding their bikes, yet we often fail to teach them how to be safe with people, which is sadly their greatest safety threat. Subsequently, while Children’s Safety Australia Inc. safety concepts and strategies apply to a broad range of situations, there is a focus on maximising children and young people’s safety with people.

How YOU Can Help
You can help us achieve our mission by:

· Becoming a member of
  Children’s Safety
  Australia Inc.
To become
  a member, please
  download and complete the
  CSA Membership
  Application Form

  (PDF 25.2kb).

· Making a donation. All
  donations to the Children’s
  Safety Australia Inc.

  Children’s Safety Australia
are directly used to
  achieve our aims.  You can
  make a donation via EFT
  (BSB: 704052; Account:
  1036464) or by sending a
  cheque or money order
  payable to ‘Children’s
  Safety Australia Fund’ to
  our postal address. For
  receipting purposes please
  provide us with your name
  and postal address.

· Assisting us with a project.
  If you have a particular skill
  or ability that you believe
  may assist us, we welcome
  your input. Please visit
  information regarding our
  current projects. If you
  have any ideas about how
  we can better achieve our
  mission we are keen to hear

Contact Us
Please contact us if you:

· would like further
  information regarding
  Children’s Safety
  Australia Inc.

· wish to subscribe or
  unsubscribe to Safe Start;

· have a children’s safety
  question or topic of interest
  you would like included in a
  future edition of Safe Start.

Telephone: 07 3379 4475
PO Box 202, Corinda, QLD, 4075 Australia


Welcome: Inaugural Safe Start
Children's Safety Workshops
Meet our Advisory Committee
Child Protection Week: Children See Children Do
Book Review: Everyone's Got a Bottom


Welcome: Inaugural Safe Start
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Safe Start, Children's Safety Australia Inc's quarterly enewsletter. This free publication provides an update on Children's Safety Australia Inc. (CSA Inc.) activities together with articles to maximise the safety and enhance the wellbeing of children and young people and encourage them to reach their full potential.

Please contact us if you have a children's safety question or topic of interest you would like featured in a future edition.


Children's Safety Workshops
Children's Safety Australia Inc. has recently provided a series of free workshops around Brisbane to address children's safety concerns of parents.  The workshops were held in response to the widespread community outrage over the release of convicted child sex offender, Dennis Ferguson. 


The workshops, held at Graceville, Boondall and Logan, aimed to equip concerned adults with vital information to protect their children and to empower them with practical strategies to deal with safety threats when trusted adults are not around. 

While there is little doubt Ferguson poses a threat to the children he may encounter, parents need to be aware of safety threats and potential offenders far closer to home.  All children are at risk of sexual abuse. It is estimated as many as one in three boys and girls will experience some form of sexual abuse before they leave school.  Most children are abused by people they know and trust and about one third of abuse is perpetrated by other children or young people.

The one hour free workshops aimed to assist concerned adults to: 


  • identify ‘people safety’ risks faced by children and young people; 
  • recognise, and appropriately respond to, indicators of inappropriate behaviour;
  • gain an awareness of dangerous safety messages and practices to avoid;
  • relay and reinforce key safety concepts and strategies to children and young people;and
  • create a supportive environment to promote children and young people’s safety and wellbeing and to build positive relationships with them.


Children's Safety Australia Inc. would like to acknowledge the following supporters in making these workshops possible: Personal Safety Australia; 96five FM; Queensland Police Credit Union; Councillor Nicole Johnson, Tennyson Ward; Graceville State School; Nudgee College; and the Logan Police-Citizens Youth Club. 


Meet our Advisory Committee

Children's Safety Australia Inc. may be in its infancy, however we look forward to making a significant positive impact in the lives of children and young people.  Over the past two months we have recruited a tremendous Advisory Committee to assist us in this quest.  We take great pleasure in introducing our Advisory Committee Members:

Freda Briggs AO

Professor Freda Briggs is Australia's best-known expert on child protection.  In her roles as educator, author, scholar and ambassador, Freda has ceaselessly and passionately worked towards her vision to provide a safer and more caring world for children and continues to make a significant contribution to the welfare of our nation.


Freda is Emeritus Professor of Child Development at the University of South Australia and has been conducting pioneering research in dealing with victims and perpetrators of child abuse for decades. She has taken many approaches to further her cause to protect children including research, education and publications. Since the age of 60, Freda has published more than a book a year and continues to publish extensively in international journals.


Freda has been awarded 'Officer in the Order of Australia (AO)' and in 2000 Freda was voted Senior Australian of the Year.  She is the recipient of the Inaugural Australian Humanitarian Award, the ANZAC Fellowship Award, the Jean Denton Memorial Fellowship and the Carsick Fellowship Award for her work with disadvantaged children.

Trisha Kendall

Trisha Kendall is a psychologist and manages her own business, Changecorp. She specialises in providing organisational consulting services that enhance performance while maintaining satisfaction and well-being in the workplace. Trisha also facilitates the personal and professional development and is passionate about assisting individuals and teams to achieve their goals and reach their potential. She loves inspiring people to feel great about themselves, their worth and their work.

Bev Patterson

Bev Patterson is a social worker who has a strong commitment to preventative services for the safety and well being of children and families and support of those persons who tirelessly contribute to the care of children and young people.

Over the past 20 years Bev has worked within the Catholic Education system to prevent harm to children and young people.  She was the first person in Catholic Education to develop and implement the role of Child Protection Officer.  In the past 10 years Bev has worked for the Christian Brothers in Edmund Rice Education schools and with victims of historical abuse.  Through her work with people who have experienced historical abuse she has become even more committed to strive for education and programs that assist in providing safe practices to limit the risk of harm to children and young people.

In 2003 Bev was awarded the Queensland Child Protection Week State Award in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the prevention of child harm in the Curriculum in Schools Category for Child Protection Policy in Edmund Rice schools in Queensland. In 2006 she was deputy chair of the Queensland Child Protection Week Committee and in 2007 she was chair of that committee.

Amanda Robinson

As an author, former police officer, wife and mother of two children, Amanda is strongly committed to children’s safety.  After working as a police officer in the Child Sexual Abuse Unit, Amanda developed a deep empathy and compassion for the victims of abuse and an in-depth understanding of the dynamics involved in child sexual abuse including the physical, emotional and spiritual wounds that are inflicted upon its young victims.  Amanda has written ‘The Silent Crisis’, a book aimed at those responsible for raising and educating children, detailing simple ways to protect children from sexual abuse.


Amanda volunteers within the community providing support to families to develop and strengthen their parenting skills.  She also has experience as a Commercial Charter Pilot and Flying Instructor and currently lives in Perth, Western Australia.

Maria Suarez

A former signals operator with the RAAF and marketing professional within multinational organisations, Maria now manages her own business MSM.  MSM provides marketing advice and planning to a number of small to medium enterprises and selected charities.  Since starting a family Maria has developed an interest in children and the promotion of children’s safety, health and wellbeing.


Child Protection Week:

                                   Children See Children Do
National Child Protection Week 2008 is being celebrated from 7 - 13 September. The theme for this year's Child Protection Week is Children See, Children Do...Make your influence positive, challenging every adult to commit themselves to ensuring their personal behaviour will have a positive influence on children. There is no question children mimic the behaviour of adults. This can be quite concerning when you consider the following Australian facts:

  • 25% of drivers are 'reckless and aggressive' at the wheel;

  • 2.86 million people smoke each day;

  • 2 million adults drink at levels of high risk; and

  • 450,000 women are abused by their partner.

The National Association for Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) have launched a community service campaign featuring a DVD providing a powerful message to adults.

Schools, childcare centres and other children's organisations are encouraged to organise an event to celebrate Child Protection Week 2008. A resource pack, including the Children See Children Do DVD, can be ordered from NAPCAN via www.napcan.org.au.



Book Review: Everyone's Got a Bottom
One of the most highly recommended books for young children (aged 3-8 years) is 'Everyone's got a bottom'
. Presented in a fun, positive and protective style, Everyone's got a bottom is about siblings Ben, Jack and Emma learning and talking together about bodies. It is a tool for parents and carers to gently start a conversation about self protection. "From our heads to our toes, we can say what goes".

Everyone's got a bottom is a collaboration between Family Planning Queensland, writer Tess Rowley, illustrator Jodi Edwards and experts from the early childhood and child protection sectors.  CSA Advisory Committee Member, Professor Freda Briggs comments, 'This little book is badly needed for helping parents, carers, teachers and child care personnel to keep children safe.'

Everyone's got a bottom was the winner of 2007 Child Protection Week Award for an education initiative in conjunction with the Queensland Police internet safety program.  It can be purchased from Family Planning Queensland (www.fpq.com.au) for $16 plus $5 postage. 

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