September 6, 2013
Local child protection workers have a big part to play in keeping South Burnett families safe, and their roles were recognised at the South Burnett Child Protection Week Awards held on Wednesday night in Kingaroy.
The theme for the 2013 National Child Protection Week is “Play Your Part”, which explains the theatrical masks that some of the workers sported at the dinner ceremony which was held at the Kingaroy RSL Club.
During the night awards were presented to:
- Rookie of the Year – Sherrie Crawford, Uniting Care Community
- Leadership Award – Susan Jerome, Partners In Foster Care, and
- The Joy Kite Award for Exceptional Practice with Families – Kathleen Crane, Proston Community Health
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington said the award ceremony was held each year to recognise and reward local child protection champions for their hard work and commitment towards protecting children and young people.
“It’s also about celebrating the achievements in this sector over the past year and raising awareness of child protection throughout our wider community,” she said.
“In particular, the awards acknowledge service providers or individuals who are going above and beyond their normal duties to achieve the best possible outcomes for our local children, families and young people.
“In 2005, the South Burnett human services sector formed a Child Protection Week Committee which takes responsibility for organising a range of community activities, including this annual awards dinner.
“I congratulate the committee for hosting another successful awards ceremony again this year and thank them for inviting me to attend.”
Child Safety Minister Tracy Davis said the State Government had provided more than $100,000 towards Child Protection Week to fund community-based events across Queensland.
“Child Protection Week promotes the belief that it is everyone’s responsibility to make their community child-friendly,” she said.
- Related article: Child Safety Worker Wins Award