This September, Act for Kids took part in one of our busiest Child Protection Weeks to date. With Act for Kids research revealing that 27% of Australians do not believe they could identify the signs of child abuse or neglect, our executive team were very busy speaking with media outlets from across the country about what we can do to turn this around.
In just over a week, Act for Kids had received over 380 media mentions across TV, print and radio nationally.
In our centres, many of our teams participated in local community events to bring awareness to Child Protection Week and the various services that we offer in the community.
On the Gold Coast, Act for Kids participated in three family fun days, in particular taking ownership of the Burleigh Heads Fun Day. There was an incredible response from the local community, and the smiles on the childrens faces on the day really say it all.
In Sydney, our Act for Kids team took part in the Blacktown Family Fun Day for the first time, a testament to our growing profile in the local community.
Community Engagement Officer for Act for Kids Blacktown, Adele MClennan-Gillings said the focus this year was around building stronger communities for children to increase their safety and resilience.
We are already weaving awareness of community as a protective factor into our work in the Blacktown Integrated Therapy Centre and we were eager to get out into the community and extend those conversations with the 200 families that attended on the day, Adele said.
In our Blacktown centre, we receive referrals every week which we are unable to service due to funding restrictions which limit our therapy hours; however, events such as the Family Fun Day allow us to engage in prevention and education, and provide avenues towards treatment, for those kids and families who need our help.