Bravehearts, Australia’s leaders in child protection for 22-years has welcomed the support of councils in every corner of Australia in participating in White Balloon Day during National Child Protection Week.
Bravehearts’ White Balloon Day is Australia’s only national awareness and fundraising campaign dedicated to preventing child sexual assault through generating awareness to help educate children, parents and adults of the need to do more to protect kids from a crime that affects more than 60,000 children in all corners of Australia, every year.
Hetty Johnston AM, Founder and Executive Chair of Bravehearts said, “Following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Recommendation 6.12 that calls on all levels of government nationally to help protect children in their communities; it’s wonderful to see councils taking an active role in promoting Bravehearts child safe messages,” she said.
“By joining forces with Bravehearts and participating in White Balloon Day as part of National Child Protection Week, councils are taking a leadership role in increasing awareness of the importance of child protection while raising funds to support Bravehearts’ essential work.
“Child protection is everybody’s business and local governments are among the most important stakeholders in child protection. By working with Bravehearts, together we can create safer communities for all Australian children,” Ms Johnston said.
Bob Atkinson AO APM, Former Commissioner for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse said, “As a long term supporter of Bravehearts, the community’s support for White Balloon Day is vital! An individuals’ safety underpins their entire quality of life and is a right not an option.
“By joining forces with Bravehearts and participating in White Balloon Day as part of National Child Protection Week, councils are taking a leadership role in increasing awareness of the importance of child protection while raising funds to support Bravehearts’ essential work.”
“While there is still much to do in that regard, Bravehearts are at the forefront of child protection and the assistance of councils enables them to continue their important and valuable work,” the Former Commissioner said.
Bravehearts’ White Balloon Day campaign, funded by the Department of Social Services – National Initiatives, is Australia’s longest running annual national awareness campaign for the prevention of child sexual assault.
During National Child Protection Week everyone with the responsibility to care for children can help them stay safe by participating in White Balloon Day and conducting any of Bravehearts child safe activities at whiteballoonday.com.au