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Protecting Our Kids: Launch Of Child Safety Handbook

15 September 2016

Victorian parents, carers and teachers now have access to an invaluable resource to keep children safe after the launch of the Victoria Police Legacy Child Safety Handbook.

Police Minister Lisa Neville today joined Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton to officially launch the handbook – which gives practical advice about preventing and responding to danger as children live, learn and play.

The guide covers topics including personal safety, safety at home, fires, floods, storms, tsunami and earthquake safety, as well as how to be street smart and drug aware.

The handbook provides an in-depth look at the challenges facing young school children – including cyber safety and bullying, trolling, and how to protect children from inappropriate, offensive and illegal content.

It also addresses ways to engage children who are spending too much time online, and provides tips for parents on how to use online safeguards and parental-control settings.

The guide examines the warning signs of child abuse and neglect, children’s mental health and wellbeing, and when to seek help.

There are also top tips and safety checklists for parents and carers on how to educate children to prevent risky situations – and how to act during dangerous situations. It also helps ensure the community and young children remain alert and are prepared to act when in harm’s way.

The Child Safety Handbook will be distributed across Victorian schools and an online version will be available to download soon on policelegacyvic.org.auExternal Link .

Established in 1980, Victoria Police Legacy supports children and families of deceased police and Protective Services Officers across Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville

“We all have a responsibility to protect our youngest and most vulnerable in Victoria – and this handbook is a useful and timely resource for the community.”

“It’s about providing practical advice and tips to keep our children safe.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos

“It’s important to prevent harm before it happens and I urge all parents, carers and teachers to familiarise themselves with the Child Safety Handbook.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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