Child protection awards to promote a safer community

27th Jun 2012 | Category: Featured Articles

Ipswich Police are encouraging everyone to take responsibility when it comes to child protection in the lead up to this year’s National Child Protection Week (2-8 September).

Sergeant Nadine Webster from the Ipswich District Crime Prevention Unit said a new awards program has been established to further promote safety strategies in preventing child abuse in the local community.

“Child protection and safety is everyone’s responsibility,” Sergeant Webster said.

 

“It is important that all children have a right to feel safe and to encourage them to talk to someone they trust in any situation where they don’t feel safe.

 

“The Queensland Police Services is committed to working with the Ipswich community to promote child safety and the inaugural Ipswich Region Child Protection Week Awards will further assist in this cause.”

The awards are an initiative of the Ipswich District Child Protection Week Committee, which includes representation from Queensland Police Service, Ipswich City Council, Department of Communities and the Ipswich Community Youth Service.

Sergeant Webster said the inaugural Ipswich Region Child Protection Week Awards aim to recognise the programs, services and achievements that individuals and organizations have accomplished across the Ipswich and West Moreton region.

“The awards will include different categories acknowledging government and non-government professionals, volunteers and particular initiatives which have made an outstanding contribution to protecting children in our area.”

The award winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Friday September 7 as part of National Child Protection Week activities.

For more information on the eligibility criteria and selection criteria visit www.theswich.com.  Nominations close on Monday 16th July 2012.