Gold Coast prepares for Child Protection Week

Gold Coasters are being urged to remember that child protection is everybody’s business. The message comes as Child Protection Week kicks off this Sunday and runs until September 10.

Thousands of Queensland children are neglected and abused every year, so the week aims at raising awareness and highlighting the role we all play in its prevention.

“Child Protection Week is an important opportunity for our communities to promote the value of children and young people by focusing attention on the prevention of child abuse and neglect,” said Lorraine Dupree, Queensland Child Protection Week Chair.


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More than 100 community events will be held right across the state to educate Queenslanders on child protection awareness. Gold Coasters are invited to do their part by heading along to one of the many events happening throughout the city during the week.

Here is a list of Child Protection Week events happening on the Gold Coast:

Sep 4
Child Protection Week Family Fun Day @ Kurrawa Park
10:00 am

Sep 5
Family Fun and Information Day – Burleigh Heads @ Memorial Park
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Sep 6
C&K Park Lake Community Kindergarten’s Child Safety Show @ C&K Park Lake Community Kindergarten
9:30 am – 10:15 am

Training for Primary School Guidance Officers – DV, a Child’s Perspective @ Nerang Bicentennial Centre
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Remembrance Day Gold Coast @ Southport Community Centre, Conference Room
11:00 am

Sep 7
Family Fun and Information Day – North Gold Coast @ Oxenford Coomera Community and Youth Centre
9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Sep 8
Labrador Family Fun and Information Day @ Arthur Downes Park / Labrador Child and Family Centre
9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Sep 9
White Balloon Day @ Various locations
All-day

Sep 13
Gold Coast Volunteer Training – Keeping Kids and Families Safe @ Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

These are the key things Gold Coasters are urged to remember when it comes to child protection:

  • Child protection is everyone’s business. The responsibility lies with adults in keeping children safe from harm. All members of society need to play a part in ensuring children are nurtured and safe.
  • Adults are essential in ensuring children’s safety and well-being.
  • Listening to children and young people is the primary indicator in assisting their safety and well-being.
  • Children and young people are honest. They are unlikely to lie about abuse. They are more likely to stay quiet about abuse or harm than to speak up (especially if they know their abuser).
  • Mean or cruel words harm children and young people.

To find out more about Queensland Child Protection Week, visit: childprotectionweek.org.au/