Council donates $5000 to support National Child Protection Week campaign

06/09/2018

Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene expressed his strong support for National Child Protection Week, 2 – 7 September 2018, which is spearheaded by a campaign by the Bravehearts organisation to raise awareness of child sexual assault through education of children, parents and adults.

Georges River Council is committed to help prevent the unacceptable crime of child sexual assault, which affects more than 60,000 children in Australia each year.

Mayor Greene stated that all Councillors wholeheartedly supported the campaign, with Council donating $5,000 to Bravehearts.

‘We want people to know that child protection is everybody’s business, with local governments being among the most important stakeholders in child protection. By supporting Bravehearts, together we can create safer communities for all Australian children. 

‘We encourage our community to take an active role in supporting and promoting the Bravehearts child safe messages,’ added Mayor Greene.   

Bravehearts founder, Hetty Johnston said, “Every Australian child has the right to feel safe and we’re indebted to Georges River Council for taking what is a significant step toward making their region a safer community for all children.

“Importantly, Council’s participation has advised local families, schools, institutions and organisations of their commitment to following Royal Commission’s Recommendation 6.12 and the 10 Child Safe Standards,” she said.

During National Child Protection Week everyone with the responsibility to care for children can help them stay safe by conducting any of Bravehearts child safe activities at Bravehearts.

Bravehearts offers specialised support, education and training services for children, families, schools, childcare centres and organisations.  

Call Bravehearts toll free Support Line on 1800 272 831 Monday to Friday between 8:30am to 4:30pm (AEST) or visit their website