National Child Protection Week runs from the 1 September to 7 September and asks the community to reflect on child protection issues currently plaguing Australia. This year focuses on the fact that child protection is everyone’s business, asking us all to engage in supporting families and protecting children.
Between 2015 and 2016 there was a staggering amount of reported child abuse with over 164,000 cases reported in Australia. It is an issue that leaves victims to endure a lifetime of psychological and emotional distress and financially costs Australia $34.2 billion every year.
Domestic and family violence is also the number one leading cause of youth homelessness in Australia and leads to a number of other adverse societal outcomes.
Father Chris Riley, CEO and Founder of Youth Off The Streets, constantly expresses he would like to see the movement to protect our young people become an everyday part of Australian lives.
“We need to listen to what is happening to our young people, speak up and get help when our children are in trouble.”
At Youth Off The Streets we provide an abundance of services to young people from all walks of life. We believe the protection of children against abuse and neglect should be our first priority.
We, as a society, must ensure that we provide our children with a safe and supportive environment, so that they have the opportunity to reach their full potential. This National Child Protection Week we must speak up and act to protect some of Australia’s most vulnerable young people.