Safety packs a win for children and families

The ACT government’s commitment to support the Canberra Liberals’ calls for Canberra parents to be equipped with information on child sexual abuse is a win for children and families, Shadow Minister for Families, Youth and Community Services Elizabeth Kikkert said.

“I am very pleased about this outcome,” Mrs Kikkert said.

“The government has agreed to work with nationally accredited organisations to give all first-time parents and caregivers safety packs.

“These safety packs will arm parents with more and better information on how to identify signs of child sexual abuse.

“My desire to give Canberra parents safety packs started with a long conversation with a Canberra family that knows firsthand the horrors of child sexual abuse. The mum realised after it had happened that she just didn’t know enough to spot signs of abuse and that, if she had, it’s possible she could have protected her child.

“No family should ever have to find themselves in this position.

“But unfortunately many parents don’t recognise common warning signs or know how to respond to abuse when it is discovered.

“This is one of the reasons why experts in the field are emphasising the importance of giving all parents and other primary caregivers correct, comprehensive and age-appropriate information.

“I am grateful to the Canberra family who reached out to the Canberra Liberals to share their story.

“I look forward to working with the government to make this happen,” Mrs Kikkert concluded.