Current and Upcoming Events

International Women's Day Children's Safety Luncheon

In recognition of the strong connection between women's and children's rights, Children's Safety Australia Inc. is hosting an International Women's Day Luncheon with a focus on practical strategies to promote children's safety. Speakers include internationally renowned children's rights campaigner Professor Freda Briggs and accomplished author Tess Rowley.

VENUE:                   Pullman Brisbane King George Square

DATE:                      Monday, 9 March 2015

TIME:                       9.30am (for a 10.00am start) – 2.00pm

COST:                      $60 per person, includes morning tea and hot buffet lunch

BOOKINGS:             http://www.trybooking.com/GRXD 

 

FURTHER INFORMATION:  Kim Jackson via e: admin@childsafety.org.au or m: 0423 532 868


As highlighted in United Nations report, Women’s and Children’s Rights: Making the Connection, the lives of women and children are tightly knit, as are their rights. Advocating for women’s rights has been essential to advancing the situation of women worldwide. The same holds true for the promotion of children’s rights and improvements in their ability to survive and thrive. However, if the rights of women and children are considered together, they can reinforce each other and make mutually supportive demands on society.

The event presents a valuable professional development opportunity for police, social workers, educators, youth workers, chaplains, guidance officers, parents, carers, grandparents and anyone with an interest in keeping children safe.

The event is sponsored by the Ceylon Inn Restaurants and Tolerro.

  


Further information contained in the event flyer.

 

Launch of Updated Children's Safety Posters

To commemorate National Child Protection Week (NCPW) Children's Safety Australia Inc. has launched updated versions of the Safe Start children's safety posters. The udpates include new and modified safety messages to better reflect safety risks and children's understanding. For example, the My Body Belongs to Me poster now includes a new rule about private parts that 'It's not okay for anyone to take photos of my private parts' in addition to it not being okay to 'show me rude pictures' (as seen on the below poster).

Terminology appearing on the I Can Get Help poster has also been changed from 'Safety Network' to 'Safety Hand' for better understanding of preschool and primary school aged children. A child's hand is commonly used to represent the trusted adults or organisations they can go to for help. These people are now referred to as their 'Safety Hand Members' (see below poster).

Poster are now available laminated or unlaminated via the Resource Order Form.

FREE Poster Offer!!!

Following the launch of the updated Safe Start children's safety posters, we have a number of the old poster designs in stock that we'd love to give away. Interested organisations or individuals are invited to email us with the requested number of posters they desire and will only be charged for the cost of postage.

National Child Protection Week 2014

National Child Protection Week (NCPW) will be celebrated from 7 – 13 September 2014. The key messages for NCPW 2014 are “Protecting Children is Everyone’s Business” and “Play Your Part”. The campaign invites you, your family, your workplace and your community to get involved in promoting the wellbeing and safety of children and young people.

To this end, Children’s Safety Australia Inc. has distributed laminated sets of children’s safety posters and bookmarks to all Queensland Police Service Child Protection and Investigation Units, all Queensland Police-Citizen Youth Clubs and children's hospitals throughout Australia. Recipients are requested to help spread the word about children’s safety to families within their organisation and local community by erecting the posters in an area frequented by children and their families during NCPW and beyond and providing the bookmarks to protective adults.

 

 

Previously Held Events

Child Protection Week screening of 'Bully'

Children’s Safety Australia Inc. presents a special Child Protection Week screening of critically acclaimed documentary feature film

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

 

6.30pm for a 7.00pm screening

 

Indooroopilly Event Cinemas

Indooroopilly Shoppingtown, Moggill Road, Indooroopilly

 

Tickets only $11 each

includes a children’s safety pack

For bookings contact Kim on mob: 0423 532 868 or email: admin@childsafety.org.au

Bully is the first documentary feature film to expose the devastating impacts of bullying. 

The film is considered a “must see” for teachers and parents, with some experts suggesting it should be mandatory viewing for teachers.

As teachers, administrators, kids and parents struggle to find answers to address the bullying crisis facing Australian children and young people, Bully examines the dire consequences of bullying through the testimony of strong and courageous youth. Through the power of their stories, the film aims to be a catalyst for change in the way we deal with bullying as parents, teachers, children and society as a whole.

Note: Bully has an M rating and is not suitable for viewing by children.

 

Child Protection Week 2012

Child Protection Week (CPW) will be celebrated from 2 – 8 September 2012 with the theme ‘Protecting children is everybody’s business’. 

Research shows that the best way to prevent child abuse and neglect is by building communities that support and value children and families. The National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) provides the following advice to all community members to help prevent child abuse an neglect, as we all have a part to play. There is no better time than Child Protection Week to ensure you are playing your part...

Parents and relatives: look out for children!

  1. Teach all the children in your family how to be safe with people. Learn about child abuse and neglect and warning signs.
  2. Listen to, reassure and believe children. Children who have experienced abuse may try to tell an adult several times before somebody hears them. If you're worried about a child in your family, there are lots of things you can do.
  3. Reach out to help parents of young children in your extended family - parents need all the support they can get. Let them know that it is okay to ask for help. Parenting is hard and all parents will benefit from help at times.

Neighbours: take the time

  1. Inform yourself about child abuse and neglect and ways you can help protect children in your neighbourhood (e.g. notice the signs of stress in your neighbours and lend a hand if you can).
  2. Take the time to get to know the families in your street so that families can give one another support to cope with the stresses of parenting.
  3. If you're worried about a child, don't stay silent, do something.

 

Local communities: keep building a child-friendly Australia!

  1. Community organisations - offer practical assistance to families in the neighbourhood and check that everything you do is parent-friendly (e.g. flexible hours, offering child care, helping with transport).
  2. Local councils - provide services for children (e.g. parks, libraries, public toilets, safe streets, parent-friendly parking, safe bike paths, cultural and social events such as family fun days or sports carnivals) and provide resources for parents (e.g. playgroup and parenting courses).
  3. Schools - be a community hub that offers learning environments and support for parents as well as children.

Policy makers: face the challenge of prevention

  1. Ensure there are child and family health nurses for home visits to all Australian families with a new baby.
  2. Introduce measures to reduce the level of parental alcohol abuse.
  3. Increase parent education and family support services in areas where there is a high level of child abuse and neglect.

Media: help spread the word!

  1. Help spread the word that when we know 33,000 children are abused every year, it's everyone's business. Publish these NAPCAN tips.
  2. Digital media industry: partner with child abuse prevention experts to keep all kids smart online and safe offline.
  3. Help change the focus to prevention, not just child rescue. Interview leading child abuse prevention experts so that we have a more informed public debate on prevention.

Business: play your part to support families

  1. Have flexible work hours and job share available to staff who are parents, and make it an attractive option.
  2. Partner with local community organisations (e.g. sponsor kids' sporting activities).
  3. Be family-friendly. Provide a play area in your shop/business, and baby change facilities, and welcome children. Do not stock junk food on low shelves where children can reach it.

Further information

For further information, please go to http://www.cwla.org/positiveparenting/tipscommunity.htm

 

Day for Daniel 2012

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation will be celebrating the Day for Daniel on Friday, 26 October 2012.  This event provides a valuable opportunity for schools to raise the awareness of children's safety and to teach children valuable safety skills. 

A variety of activities are suggested including children’s safety classroom presentations, watching the DMF ‘Foundation Red’ DVD and organising a community walk. These education activities are designed to provide life skills for children in a fun and informative manner without causing fear. 

The DMF encourage that a red flavour be incorporated in the day – linking Daniel’s favourite colour in a discrete way to the importance of children’s safety education, such as wearing something red, displaying red balloons, eating something red or writing in red. Day for Daniel is not a memorial day – it is a day to create awareness and learning!

For further information contact the DMF via www.danielmorcombe.com.au or mob: 0434 326 435.

 

Past Events

Children's Safety Kit Launch

Children's Safety Australia Inc. launched the Children's Safety Kits for Queensland Primary Schools on Wednesday, 7 October 2009 at the Queensland Police Academy, Oxley. 

Our first official patron, comedian and radio personality, Meshel Laurie did a magnificent job as MC with special guests including the Acting Queensland Police Commissioner, Ian Stewart, Denise and Bruce Morcombe, Daniel Morcombe Foundation, Julie Attwood MP, Member for Mount Ommaney, and Chrislyn Hamilton, 2008 Australian Idol Finalist.

 

The Children’s Safety Kit Project, funded solely by the Queensland Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund, was undertaken in response to concerning levels of personal violence against children and the lack of effective children’s safety information being provided to children by parents and teachers.

A total of 1500 Children’s Safety Kits have been distributed free to Queensland Primary Schools since the launch event. The kits contain a range of resources for teachers, parents and students including lesson plans, worksheets, posters, stickers and postcards. 

 

The Children’s Safety Kits aims to raise the awareness of four key children’s safety messages:

 

  • I am special, so are you!: to build a healthy self esteem and encourage respect and empathy for others.
  •  Safety is my right: to identify and effectively respond to potentially unsafe situations, including bullying.
  •  My body belongs to me: to identify, prevent and stop all forms of abuse.
  •  I can get help: access help from trusted adults and relevant organisations.

Kits can be purchased via the CSA Resource Order Form for $30 including postage and handling.

1. Julie Attwood MP, Kim Jackson (CSA DIrector), Chrislyn Hamilton, Meshel Laurie.      2. Guests

3. Julie Attwood, Kim Jackson, Meshel Laurie, Denise & Bruce Morcombe, A/Commissioner Ian Stewart   4. Meshel and Chrislyn

5. Media interview with Darra State School students          6. Chrislyn Hamilton and Alex performing.

 

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