Child Protection Week 2020

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Between 6 - 12 September is National Child Protection Week, with the theme ‘Putting Children First’.

Blacktown City Council is committed to listening to children and improving child safety across our City.

But we all play a role in keeping kids safe and well in our community.

National Child Protection Week reminds us that ‘Together we can help every child thrive’. If every child can thrive today, communities will thrive tomorrow and into the future.

We are determined to make Blacktown City a place where our children are supported and respected and where our they can learn and play in a safe environment.

Child Protection Week activities

Blacktown City Council has put together information on fun activities and information sessions by local organisations to help you get the most out of Child Protection Week.

Blacktown City Libraries will be hosting daily online events. Please join their Facebook page and join in on the fun.

Monday 7 September - DIY Bookmarks

Wednesday 9 September - Vintage paper bowls

Thursday 10 September - Storytime online (live, weekly)

Friday 11 September - Around the World Storytime online (live, weekly)

Friday 11 September - T-shirt sharpie tie-dye

Don’t forget to share your design with the Library Facebook page so we can be inspired by you! 

For more information, visit the Child Protection Week events pages.

Child Safe Postcard

Council wants to help make Mount Druitt a safe, friendly place for all kids!

We want kids to feel safe and welcome where you live, as well as at our libraries, community centres, parks, pools and events.

What better way to ‘put children first’ than hearing directly from children up to 12 years about what makes a place safe for kids?

As part of our Child Friendly Mount Druitt Project we have developed a postcard for children to share their thoughts and ideas. Adults can help kids by writing down what they say or they can draw their answer and you can add a description of the drawing.

Pick up a postcard at the Mount Druitt Hub Library or download it here(PDF, 568KB).

Consultation closes on 5 October 2020. For more information contact children@blacktown.nsw.gov.au

The Child Friendly Mount Druitt Project at Blacktown City Council is funded by Communities for Children program at Mission Australia.

Helping families get online

Are you having trouble getting online?

Blacktown City Council has joined with other organisations in Western Sydney to form the Wester’ly Coalition website. There is a ‘help me’ page to support our community to find out about programs and support to get online. Our library staff are also on hand to assist!

The website also seeks to raise awareness of the need for change so that online access is affordable and open to everyone.

For more information go to: https://www.westerly.org.au/

 

Keeping kids safe

It’s important to teach kids about personal body safety and give them practical strategies to get help when needed.

Teach your kids to:

• name their feelings – happy, angry, sad, uncomfortable, scared. ‘We all have the right to feel safe all the time.’

• use the correct names for their body parts and the difference between private and public body parts. ‘Everyone is the boss of their own body and they decide who touches them.’

• recognise when they feel unsafe, and how to say ‘stop, I don’t like it!’

• identify their safe adults. ‘We can talk about anything with our safe adults.’

Child Protection Week Banner 2020