Young victims of child sexual abuse will receive greater care and support thanks to a new Queensland Government trial being set up in Arundel on the Gold Coast.
Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said the Gold Coast trial was one of two to be developed in Queensland to help victims and their non-offending family members access co-ordinated support and recover from their experiences.
“The Queensland Government is more committed than ever to tackling the scourge of child abuse and making sure child victims receive the best possible support when and where they need it,” Ms Farmer said.
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“On the Gold Coast, Bravehearts will receive $500,000 for the trial which will focus on delivering co-ordinated support to children from its child-friendly centre in Arundel.”
Member for Gaven, Meaghan Scanlon said Bravehearts was the first and largest registered charity in Australia specifically dedicated to addressing the issue of child sexual assault.
“The organisation provides a range of services including a national information and support line, counselling services, case management, advice and referrals, personal safety education programs and professional development for people working with children,” Ms Scanlon said.
“It is very well placed to oversee this trial and improve support services to some of the most vulnerable victims of sexual abuse.”
Hetty Johnston, Founder & Executive Chair of Bravehearts welcomed the Government’s commitment to the trial.
Ms Johnston said the trial was designed to respond to disclosures from victims of child sexual assault in a way that delivers immediate protection for children deemed to be at risk, as well as care and support by a multidisciplinary team.
The other Queensland trial will be established in Townsville.
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence phone 07 5591 1164
Bravehearts phone 1800 272 831