Child Safety Handbook
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Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO officially launched the Child Safety Handbook at Government House on Tuesday 31 May, 2011. NSW Police Legacy in conjunction with Associated Media Group of Sydney are proud to be releasing the 2011 publication of the ‘Child Safety Handbook’, a much needed and vital guide to assist children, parents and teachers. The Handbook will be distributed, free of charge, to primary school children throughout New South Wales.
Today, more so than ever, our children face greater risks. The Child Safety Handbook aims to help raise awareness of child safety issues that all families face and what can be done to prevent these risks. The content of the Handbook has been developed in close consultation with The Protective Behaviours Consultancy Group of NSW Inc., a not for profit community organization whose primary objective is to reduce the abuse of children and young people in our community. The Handbook enables people of all ages to develop strategies to help them deal with all forms of difficult situations and covers such issue as: bullying at school, personal safety, safety in the home, first aid, safety online, fire prevention, road safety, safety outdoors, healthy living and drug & alcohol awareness.
There has been great interest from major corporations who have been keen to be a part of the first publication of the Child Safety Handbook. Resources from advertising has allowed valuable funds to be raised for NSW Police Legacy’s work. NSW Police Legacy is a not-for-profit organisation which supports the families of deceased NSW police officers. Now in its 24th year of operation, the charity provides emotional and financial support to over 1,300 widows, widowers and children throughout NSW. Services offered include welfare grants; grief and trauma counselling; education grants and tertiary scholarships; as well as social events.
Professor Bashir said, “New South Wales Police Legacy, of which I am indeed honoured to be Patron, has once again embarked on a most admirable endeavour to benefit our most precious resource — our children. The relaunch of this publication will build on the outstanding reputation which the book has attained in the past as a vital resource for the families of New South Wales.”
Invited guests include the Honourable Michael Gallacher, NSW Minister for Police and Andrew Scipione APM, NSW Commissioner of Police, both of whom are Vice-Patrons of NSW Police Legacy, staunchly support the charity and the release of the Child Safety Handbook.
Mr Scipione said, “To NSW Police Legacy’s great credit, its Child Safety Handbook responds in a practical way to the myriad dangers facing children, whether they be at home, school or out and about.” He goes on further to say that “the Handbook’s emphasis is on prevention. Our children are precious and all of us who live and work with them will find information in the book that we can use to keep them out of trouble and safe.”
Chairperson of NSW Police Legacy, Superintendent Sue Waites APM, said, “I give thanks to all those who have worked so hard on the compilation of the Child Safety Handbook – an excellent reference guide for all parents in NSW”. She goes on to say, “I would also like to express my thanks to the companies whose advertising in this book helps to provide funds to support our work with the bereaved families of deceased NSW Police Officers.”
In the first print run, there will be 50,000 copies of the Child Safety Handbook distributed to 450 schools across the Sydney metro area, finally rolling out across the rest of NSW.
Grief and Bereavement
The below websites provide a range of free resources including service brochures and grief information sheets for children, young people and adults.