Chalking up support to boost child’s safety


Clemton Park students Joanna He, 10, ad Ava Chan, 6, get in some practise for Bravehearts National Chalk Art Project.

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | September 6th, 2017



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.
National Child Protection Week had been held annually from September 3 to 9 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.
The week provides a platform to enhance the safety and wellbeing of children by informing and empowering communities.
Another aspect of the week is White Balloon Day, which is held on Friday, September 8, by Bravehearts, and has a focus on the prevention of child sexual abuse.
Throughout National Child Protection Week, Clemton Park's Outside School Hours and Vacation Care will create a chalk mural, which focuses on white balloons as a symbol of hope.
Canterbury Bankstown Council administrator Richard Colley said this year's White Balloon Day campaign will feature fun activities, including the Bravehearts National Chalk Art Project.
"Protecting children is everyone's business and by building stronger communities, we are creating safer environments for everyone," he said.
"Funds raised by White Balloon Day support Bravehearts' education program, 'Ditto's Keep Safe Adventure Show,' which is run at the council's childcare centres."
The 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 two to six years and supports the rights of children and promote them having a voice.
For more information about National Child Protection Week, call 8073 3300.



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