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Get Involved in White Balloon Day

CITY & SHIRE COUNCILS

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s 10 Child Safe Standards includes recommendation 6.12, which calls on all levels of government nationally to help protect children in their communities by taking an active role in promoting child safe messages.

What better way for your City or Shire Council to demonstrate it’s commitment to child protection than by taking part in White Balloon Day as part of National Child Protection Week?

By taking part in White Balloon Day, Councils will gain access to vital resources and information about keeping kids safe that can be shared with their community. Councils that participate will also be acknowledged by Bravehearts, Australia’s leading child protection organisation, for their support. Read on to learn more about how your Council can get involved!

MAKE THE PLEDGE

This year we are asking everyone to take a few seconds to make a PLEDGE TO PROTECT kids. All you have to do is complete the pledge form with your Council name and a contact email address and that’s it! 

If you would like us to send you some free support materials for your council office (including posters and brochures) you will also need to provide your postal address on the pledge form (but this is not compulsory).

Making the Pledge is important because it helps us with reporting back to the Australian Government about the number of people who care about child protection in Australia. So please make the Pledge to protect today!

PLEDGE NOW

HOST A FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

Each year, hundreds of councils across Australia participate in White Balloon Day as part of National Child Protection Week, with many hosting free community events such as family fun days, community BBQs and kids activities. 

Events such as these are not only a great chance to bring the community together and demonstrate your Council’s commitment to child protection, but it also provides councils the opportunity to share resources and information about child safety to parents, carers and kids. For White Balloon Day event and activity ideas click on the link below. 

EVENT & ACTIVITY IDEAS

PROMOTE CHILD SAFETY

There are so many ways that Councils can help raise awareness about child protection and spread the child safety messages of White Balloon Day. For example, your Council office could:

  • Issue a media release using our pre-prepared media release, which can be found in the Resources for Councils section. 
  • Promote White Balloon Day and child protection messages in the Mayoral Column.
  • Display White Balloon Day posters in Council-owned community venues.
  • Utilise White Balloon Day promotional assets across Council communications – newsletters, e-newsletters and social media.
  • Hold a White Balloon Day morning tea for Council staff and raise some funds to help Bravehearts continue vital child protection work.

USEFUL RESOURCES

IS YOUR COUNCIL CHILD SAFE?

Is your Council doing all it can to manage child protection risks in your workplace and at your events? Have your staff had appropriate child protection training? Do you think you could do more to meet the key element of child safe institutions?  

Bravehearts is here to help. Our organisation sets the standard in child protection training and risk management for businesses and organisations. Bravehearts’ training team is here to help your council not only meet, but surpass the 10 key elements of child safe institutions that came out of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. 

Now is the time to demonstrate your commitment to child protection.

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