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Children from Clemton Park’s Outside School Hours and Vacation Care will participate in an Australian-wide chalk art project, as part of this year’s National Child Protection Week.
City of Canterbury Bankstown Administrator, Richard Colley, said National Child Protection Week had been held annually from 3-9 September since 1990.
"The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) coordinates the week, with support from the Federal Government, as well as a number of public, private and community partners," he said.
"The week provides a platform to enhance the safety and wellbeing of children by informing and empowering communities.
"Protecting children is everyone’s business and by building stronger communities, we are creating safer environments for everyone."
Another aspect of the week is White Balloon Day, which is held on Friday 8 September by Bravehearts, and has a focus on the prevention of child sexual abuse.
"This year’s White Balloon Day campaign will feature fun activities, including the Bravehearts National Chalk Art Project," Mr Colley said.
"Throughout National Child Protection Week, Clemton Park’s Outside School Hours and Vacation Care will ‘ChalkItUp’ by creating a chalk mural, which focuses on white balloons as a symbol of hope.
"Funds raised by White Balloon Day support Bravehearts’ education program ‘Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show,’ which is run at Council’s childcare centres.
"Canterbury-Bankstown continually strives to be a child-safe and child-friendly City."
To help achieve this, Council’s Children’s Services staff have also participated in the State Government’s "Child Safe" workshops and have copies of its SAFE book series at each centre.
The books contain protective behaviour messages for children aged 2-6 and support the rights of children and promote them having a voice.
For more information about National Child Protection Week, call 8073 3300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4/09/2017 3:03 PM