With Queensland Child Protection (QCPW), September 3 – 9, around the corner, we would like to remind everyone that ‘protecting children is everyone’s business.’
The Gladstone Child Protection and Investigation Unit (CPIU) is hosting a number of events over the week that focus on issues of child abuse and neglect.
To kick off the week, Gladstone CPIU along with Crime Stoppers and Gladstone Region Together (GRT), will attend Beach Arts Music (BAM) Markets on Saturday, September 2, where they will be hosting a bake sale.
Delicious cupcakes made by Gladstone CPIU and The Interact Club from Chanel College, will be available for purchase to raise funds for the organisation, Act for Kids, which provides therapy and support to children and families.
Specialised police will also be available to chat about all things child protection and personal safety both online and in person.
Lots of safety resources will be available on the day including a fantastic display of books that have been donated by Uniting Care for distribution to schools and community groups in the Gladstone region.
GRT will also be running a fun safety network colouring activity for kids and as special treat, Connie the Police Horse will be making a very special guest appearance from 3:30pm.
Other events throughout QCPW include a free Think U Know presentation for parents and caregivers, hosted by CPIU and with the support of the Gladstone Neighbourhood Centre.
The presentation will be held at 6pm on Wednesday, September 6, at the Philip Street Communities and Families Precinct.
This session aims to support parents and caregivers in preventing and managing safety challenges that children may face online, as well as provide a helping guide for children to understand these challenges and to feel empowered to take action.
To register your interest, please call (07) 4976 6300.
Throughout the week, police will be attending story time at the Gladstone Library with sessions at 9.30am and 11am, as well as making kindergarten visits, donating child safety books to schools, and hosting parent education sessions.
To wrap up the week, officers will be attending the Gladstone PopCon at the Goondoon Street Entertainment Precinct on Saturday, September 9.
Starting today, Gladstone CPIU are running a colouring-in competition in which winners will receive a trip to the movies, with the Gladstone Cinemas having generously donated two family movie passes.
There are two entry categories:
- 0 – 8 years old.
- 9 – 12 years old.
The colouring forms will be provided to local schools and will also be available to collect at both BAM and the Gladstone Police Station, or downloaded below.
Entries can be returned to the Gladstone Police Station or Gladstone PopCon with the name and age of the child on the back along with a parent’s phone number.
Entries close on Friday, September 8 and winners will be contacted the week after.
For more information or resources, please visit Queensland Child Protection Week.