Tasmania Police supports Child Protection Week

“When we know 33,000 children are abused each year (in Australia), it’s everyone’s business"

As part of Child Protection Week, Tasmania Police is encouraging members of the community to report any suspicions of child abuse, neglect or the exploitation of children over the internet to police or child protection authorities.

National Child Protection Week is an annual campaign that aims to raise awareness in the community of child abuse prevention.

“Unfortunately, despite all the public education programs, the abuse of children whether physical or emotional and the level of child exploitation material on the internet is of concern,” said Detective Inspector Peter Powell, from Hobart CIB.

“Across Australia all police agencies constantly monitor this type of activity and take action whenever a suspect is identified,” he said.

Tasmania Police is helping to raise awareness of child abuse by supporting White Balloon Day during Child Protection Week.

White Balloon Day is the initiative of the national child protection advocacy group, Bravehearts Inc, which is dedicated to combating child sexual assault in Australia. It is a day of recognition, awareness and support for the victims of child sexual assault.

Members of the community who wish to report concerns for children at risk or abuse can contact Child Protection Services on 1300 737 693. Similarly, Gateway Services, which offers advice and assistance to vulnerable children, young people and their families, can be contacted on 1800 171 233 during business hours.

Tasmania Police officers will help raise awareness of Child Protection Week by handing out White Balloons.

For more information on Child Protection Week, please visit www.napcan.org.au.

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