Today I was pleased to present the WA 2015 Child Protection Week Play Your Part award to Anglicare WA for their commitment to child-safe practices.
Anglicare WA has committed to a child-safe organisation strategy and has built a child-safe culture within the organisation.
This strategy includes a review and update of all their child protection policies by an external expert and training of all 450 staff and 350 volunteers in how to recognise child abuse and respond appropriately.
This is the second year I have attended the NAPCAN Play Your Part Awards and I am again heartened to see the many dedicated people who are working to prevent the abuse of our children and young people.
National Child Protection Week is a reminder that one of the most basic premises of our society is that children and young people have the right to be safe and protected from abuse or exploitation. This is reliant on a caring and aware community.
Anglicare WA was involved in the work of my office in the last year to develop child-safe organisations resources.
Today’s award is not only a recognition of this great work being done to help protect children, but it is also a reminder to us all that far too many children and young people need protection, and that we must all play our part.
Acting Commissioner for Children and Young People