Monday, September 10, 2007

Child Protection Week

Celebration of Child Protection Week

Coffs Harbour Child Protection Interagency Committee has invited 60 schools and preschools in the Coffs LGA to join them in celebrating Child Protection Week through the children’s expression of artwork depicting the theme “what makes me feel safe in my community”.

This artwork from all children at our own preschools and schools will be displayed during Child Protection Week from Monday 3rd Sept to Sat 8th Sept at the Coffs Harbour Palms Shopping Centre upstairs stage area.

The Celebration of Child Protection Week will occur at 10am in this area to promote the theme of this years CP Week: “Kids Come First in our Community”.

Various guest speakers will discuss the need of Child Protection in our own community and provide a wonderful opportunity to view the incredible artworks from our talented children.

Face painting will be available for children as well as information on services available in the community to assist families and their children feel safe within our community.

Unfortunately child abuse and neglect is Australia’s greatest social problem and it happens because people are often reluctant to become involved. Child friendly communities will help children to be seen and heard and our local Child Protection Interagency has taken the theme for this year in Coffs harbour to be “Kids Come First in our Community”.

In child friendly communities, everyone accepts that the safety and well being of children is everyone’s responsibility. We need to encourage that everyone is involved and together we can make a positive difference in the lives of children within our community.

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