National Child Protection Week invites all Australians to play their part to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.
The annual event continues to be one of the most significant events on Australia’s child protection calendar and is an opportunity to discuss and raise awareness about preventative strategies for child protection.
St Therese’s Primary School, New Lambton held a White Balloon Day, where students participated in various activities to raise awareness around child protection issues.
The students came to school dressed in white for the day and talked openly on how to keep safe, concentrating on the themes of ‘we all have the right to feel safe all of the time’ and ‘nothing is so awful that we can’t talk about it with someone.’
The school’s playground was covered in chalk balloons and adorned with messages around safety.
At Rosary Park Catholic School, Branxton, the school commemorated Child Protection Week with a display of white balloons at the front gate along with some classroom activities, ranging from reading children’s literature, watching clips on the web, classroom discussion and supporting child protection activities.
Over at St Michael’s Primary School, Nelson Bay, the fences were lined with white balloons and students spent time working together in groups learning about ways to show kindness to one another.