9 September 2009: New South Wales Governor Marie Bashir launched a child protection initiative at Australian Catholic University's (ACU) Strathfield Campus today, as part of Child Protection Week.
New South Wales Governor Marie Bashir with Andrew Aston. Photo: Nicole Alsemgeest
Lecturers in the Universitys Education Faculty helped write a range of child protection resources for parents, teachers and carers, including information on transition to high school for young people, an early learning resource and a childrens book - all based on the foundation of the Protective Behaviours program. The initiative was funded by the NSW Department of Community Services.
Her Excellency, Professor Bashir, said we must be ever vigilant in teaching our young people about protective behaviours.
So many of the issues that are well known to the people here today have been brought to life through these excellent books, she said. Thank you to all the good minds who want to make sure that every one of our children has a good life ahead of them.
Alicia Moore, NSW Program Coordinator of Protective Behaviours NSW, said the importance of prevention in child protection issues was becoming more prominent.
Dr Cath Laws, President of Protective Behaviours NSW, New South Wales Governor Marie Bashir and Associate Vice-Chancellor (Sydney) at ACU, Marea Nicholson. Photo: Damascene Byimira
Children and young people may experience a wide range of situations which put them at risk, causes them short and long term physical and emotional harm and violates their basic rights, she said. It is important that children develop personal safety skills and have access to a well presented and well structured personal safety program.
Dr Cath Laws, President of Protective Behaviours NSW, said the new resources could be used by both children and adults to help keep themselves safe and work towards reducing violence in the community.