Deb Whitfield promoting Child Protection Week with her son Ryan.
Deb Whitfield promoting Child Protection Week with her son Ryan. Submitted

St Francis cares for kids

ST Francis Catholic Primary School was keen to make Child Protection Week 2010 a community event, and their motto was ‘Child Protection is everybody’s business’.

That’s why the staff from St Francis set up a stall displaying information about child protection and gave away free balloons at Coles on Saturday.

As a community, we need to start changing the focus from child rescue to child prevention.

Over 30,00 children are reported as having suffered some kind of abuse each year in Australia.

They are the ones we know about, we can only imagine how many more suffer in silence.

There are four different types of child abuse: physical, sexual, emotional and neglect.

The scariest thing is that most of us would have little idea of what to do if we came across a child who has experienced abuse.

Most people are afraid to report suspected child abuse because they are scared of making a wrongful accusation or involving themselves in the process.

That is why we all need to become more informed on this important issue.

There are many great websites out there that explain and deal with child abuse, however the following two are excellent for giving any information needed, including www.childsafety.qld.gov.au, and www.napcan.org.au also offers a variety of information about child abuse.

St Francis prides itself on caring and nurturing all aspects of children’s lives; that is why we have made child protection one of our highest priorities.

The school has three Child Protection Officers on staff who can be approached by children, parents and fellow staff members if they have any issues, enquiries or even just need to talk.



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