CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION FOR INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
On Tuesday 26 September, Child Wise in collaboration with The Gathering Place, launched the ‘Yarn Up About Child Abuse’ video, a valuable training resource designed to help prevent child abuse within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
‘Yarn Up’ follows the stories of four Aboriginal survivors of child abuse and provides insight and information from professionals within the child protection and education space. It’s an incredibly moving film that aims to ensure the prevention and early intervention of child abuse and neglect by building awareness of the indicators and understanding of the impact on children.
The video highlights the effects of transgenerational trauma, and how both historical and current events and policies have had a devastating impact on the wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. But importantly, the video also offers hope and ideas for change to ensure that all children can grow up in their families safe from harm.
The launch was held at Wyndham Park Community Centre and was well attended by community services, police and council members. The launch began with a beautiful Welcome to Country by Aunty Zeta Thomson, accompanied by superb didgeridoo playing from Michael Cussens. Moving speeches were given from Colleen Marion (Gathering Place Founder/CEO), Katherine Levi (Child Wise CEO) and Jo Lee (Child Wise Trainer).
Pictured - Michael Cussens and Aunty Zeta Thomson performing Welcome to Country
Our sincerest thanks to
all those who attended the video launch to support this important initiative. Particular
thanks to the Pinnacle Charitable Foundation who funded the production of the video
and to their Community Investment Manager, Mary Jung, for travelling from
Queensland for the launch. We’d also like to acknowledge all the participants in the video who so bravely shared their experiences and knowledge.
Pictured - Joanne Ryan, MP for Laylor and Jo Lee, Child Wise Trainer
This video and launch is just the first step in a much bigger process to support and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to prevent child abuse and to help those speaking out and living with associated trauma.
Our hope is that the ‘Yarn Up About Child Abuse’ video will be be widely utilised by organisations within an education and training context. To find out about usage and access to the video, please contact Child Wise on (03) 9998 9906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Images taken by
Joanne Ryan, MP for Laylor.