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August 2016

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WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS: Anxiety management in children and young people

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Fearful and anxious behaviour is common in children. Most children learn to cope with a range of normal fears and worries. However, extra help may be needed when:

  • children feel anxious more than other children of their age and level
  • anxiety stops them participating in activities at school or socially
  • anxiety interferes with their ability to do things that other children their age do easily
  • the fears and worries seem out of proportion to the issues in their life

Gippsland Lakes Community Health is offering parents an opportunity to attend a workshop on Monday 17 October 2016, that explores anxiety in children and young people; and what parents can do to support their child.  Click HERE to view the workshop flyer.

NOTE: Limited places so register ASAP

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Protecting children is everybody’s business [Child Protection Week Event]

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Child abuse and neglect is one of Australia’s biggest and most misunderstood social problems. Despite being under-reported, Australian authorities confirmed 42,457 children were abused or neglected in one year alone*.  That’s one child every 13 minutes suffering physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect, often by someone they know and should be able to trust; most often in their own home. Thousands more cases go unreported, and the number of children and young people in out-of-home care is increasing.

On Tuesday, Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) is teaming up with the Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-op, the Victoria Police, the Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault, the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services to host an event in the Nicholson Street Mall in Bairnsdale from 11am to 2pm in conjunction with National Child Protection Week – now in its 26th year.

“Our event aims to raise awareness of all issues connected with child protection and provide an opportunity for community members to be resourced and empowered to take action at a local and individual level,” explained Annette Grant, Manager of Integrated Family Services at GLCH. “We’re inviting people to join us next Tuesday for a barbeque lunch, live music and children’s activities; and learn more about child safety and wellbeing.”

Child abuse and neglect often go undetected due to the private nature of the crime, the difficulties children experience in making disclosures and being believed, and lack of evidence to substantiate the crime (Child Family Community Australia, 2015). Child protection data only include those cases of abuse and neglect that were detected and reported and are therefore likely to be an underestimation of the number of children abused or neglected.

“Child protection is everyone’s business. The responsibility lies with adults in keeping children safe from harm,” said Ms Grant. “This year National Child Protection Week encourages all Australians to play their part to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.”

“All money raised at our National Child Protection Event will be donated to Bravehearts Inc., the first and largest registered charity specifically and holistically dedicated to addressing child sexual assault,” added Ms Grant.  “Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.”

*Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Child protection Australia 2014-15.
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Thanks for lunch!

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Recently, members of the Baptist Church in Lakes Entrance treated a small group of staff from our Family, Youth and Children’s (FYCS) Team to lunch ‘in appreciation and recognition for the significant contribution they make in the community.’ Our staff members, who say they have never received such generosity in recognition of the work they do, were delighted by the invitation and the opportunity to meet with church members, and say “It was a really nice thing for us to be invited to attend and we all really appreciated it.”

Each year, the Baptist Church allocate a small amount of funding to thank different services within our community (the local Ambo’s and Fire Brigade are other lucky diners). Our kind hosts also make a significant contribution to the community via support for people on community based work orders; and they are one of the generous local churches who facilitate the Combined Churches Emergency Food Relief Program that fundraise, shop and pack the food parcels that the FYCS team distribute to people who are in financial hardship.