White Balloon Day is on Friday September 6 during Child Protection Week. This year Bravehearts is asking all Australians to make the ‘Pledge to Protect’ kids for White Balloon Day – a gesture that costs nothing, takes less than 30 seconds.
Hetty Johnston AM, Founder of Bravehearts: “Protecting kids is everyone’s job, no matter what line of work you’re in. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, coach – even if you don’t work with children at all – everybody has a role to play in looking out for Australian children and protecting them from harm,” she says.
With 1 in 5 Australian children sexually harmed in some way before their 18th birthday, everyone is a stakeholder when it comes to child protection. Participating in White Balloon Day is an important and simple step Australians can take toward preventing these devastating crimes.
White Balloon Day is held annually on the first Friday of September during National Child Protection Week. Everyone can help children stay safe by participating in White Balloon Day and making the free ‘Pledge to Protect’ kids on the White Balloon Day website. Those who make the Pledge can receive a free support pack if they choose to provide their postal address as part of the pledge.
Bravehearts is Australia’s leading child protection organisation working to holistically prevent child sexual assault and exploitation. Their vital services include specialised counselling and support for children and families, personal safety education for children and young people, child protection training, preventative research and lobbying.
Those needing support or advice can contact Bravehearts’ freecall Support Line on 1800 272 831, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm (AEST) or visit the website.