QUEENSLAND Police have today issued a timely reminder for the public to stay vigilant and aware as Australia celebrates Child Protection Week.
Child Protection Week is celebrated across the country from September 7 to 13 and is led by the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
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The campaign is aimed at raising awareness and preventing child abuse and neglect and highlighting the role we all play in its prevention.
Police have taken the time to encourage parents to communicate with their children and most importantly, take responsibility.
“While no one really wants to think about it, child abuse of any nature is sadly something we have reported to us regularly,” Detective Inspector Peter Brewer of the Child Safety and Sexual Crime Group said.
“There is a common misconception out there that only ‘strangers’ are responsible for these offences. This is in fact very rarely the case and most often a family member or a person known to the family is responsible.
“Because of this, children often feel too frightened to speak up or alert somebody about what has happened.”
The Child Safety and Sexual Crime Group, and State Child Protection Investigation Units investigate child abuse, neglect, child trauma and death, serial sex offences, child exploitation and technology facilitated crimes against children.
Detective Inspector Brewer said 85 children have already been rescued from harmful situations so far this year.
“If there is one message I would like anyone to take away from this week, it is to communicate with your children, let them know who they can talk to.”
“If you are not available, then ensure they know they can speak to another trusted person so that these concerns are not left unaddressed.
“Children are the most vulnerable members of our society and protecting children is everybody’s business.