Working to protect our young children
POSITIVE action and increased awareness about child protection issues are vital to reducing rates of child harm and "daily” incidences of domestic violence which children are exposed to, according to Biloela Snr Sgt Nick Paton of Biloela Police Station.
Snr Sgt Paton said informing the community about dealing with at-risk children, abuse and neglect was crucial in protecting vulnerable youth in rural areas who were also often witnesses to domestic abuse incidents.
"Even though we don't get a huge amount of reports of child neglect, our officers go every day to domestic violence situations and incidents where children are present,” he said.
"These children are being affected by things they're witnessing at these incidents.”
He said the Biloela Child Protection Investigation Unit (CPIU) dealt with cases of neglect and child harm, liaising with the Department of Child Safety where necessary.
"We all want to live in a safe community and the more we can do to enable the community to live in safety and live together in harmony, the better.
"Children are very vulnerable and need protection and they also need good role models they can look up to, especially where some parents are neglectful.”
Snr Sgt Paton said a series of workshops, to be held next week in Biloela, provided free by The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN), were important for the community "to help protect the children”.
"By doing courses like these, people can set themselves up as role models. Any level of child abuse is worrying.
"If we do nothing it's going to continue and the more positive action we take the more chance we have of reducing harm to children.”
Workshops will be held next Tuesday, November 27, at the Community Resource Centre, Biloela.
Spaces are still available for the workshops, which are part of a statewide education program funded by the Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.
To register, visit napcan. org.au/training-calendar