Gold Coasters urged to help stop child abuse

NATIONAL Child Protection Week kicked off today, with Gold Coasters urged to do their part in stopping child abuse and neglect.

It follows a 29% increase in substantiated cases throughout Australia over the past two years.

A recent study also found children are feeling less safe and disconnected from adults and their community.


The study indicated this may be due to longer working hours, financial pressures and a fear of violence.

Lead Researcher Doctor Sharon Bessell says taking time-out to listen and talk with children can help make a big difference.

Child Protection Week runs from the 7th until the 13th September.