Dear Child Wise partners, clients and supporters,
Since we were founded in 1991, Child Wise has worked to keep children safe from abuse by building the capacity of families, communities and organisations to prevent child abuse by identifying and mitigating risks and reducing children’s vulnerability.
2018 has marked a new chapter for Child Wise. It has been a year of new beginnings and exciting new projects that have helped us further our mission and increase our impact in protecting children and young people from harm. Ensuring the safety of children and young people from abuse has always been and will continue to be our reason for being and at the heart of everything we do.
In 2018 alone, we have provided child safety training to over 40 organisations that engage with children and young people across Australia, building the knowledge and skills of staff and volunteers to prevent, identify and respond to any allegations or incidences of abuse, to ensure the safety of children and young people in their care. We delivered close to 30 public Child Safety Workshops including successful pilot workshops in Tasmania, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory, marking the beginning of the national expansion of our services. In 2019, we aim to increase our impact in safeguarding children on a national level by providing child safety workshops in every state and territory around Australia.
This year we also piloted Kids Speak Conferencing, a new method of empowering children to voice their opinion about what makes them feel safe in organisations. We look forward to delivering this and other programs that will increase the safety of children in Australia and will bring us one step closer to realising our vision of a society in which children and young people can grow up free from harm. Anything less is unacceptable.
The Child Wise team and I wish you a safe and happy holiday season.
Child Wise Executive Director