Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

New program to fight child sexual abuse

Federal Minister for Community Services Larry Anthony today launched a program to help organisations adopt procedures to deter and remove opportunities for child abuse.

“The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reported in 1998-99 that there were 103,980 child abuse notifications and 25,255 substantiated cases of child abuse,” said Mr Anthony.

“That is why the Government is pleased to support ECPAT Australia (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking). Their Choose with Care kit will help organisations create an environment where children are safe and listened to.

“The kit comprises of a handbook, a video and training workshops and provides simple and practical child abuse prevention strategies, step-by-step guides and models for best practice.

“It will show organisations how to screen employees, conduct risk assessments and develop child protection policies and codes of conduct.”

Mr Anthony also launched a report on the findings of a national audit of all child abuse and prevention programs operating in Australia, Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect.

“The National Child Protection Clearinghouse report provides a map of all child abuse prevention initiatives and highlights best practice programs.

“The audit’s findings suggest there is strong growth in preventing child abuse across Australia with new programs and partnerships between organisations.

“The Government is committed to doing everything we can to keep our children safe,” Mr Anthony said.