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“Kids Living Safer Lives”. 24 April 2008. “Kids Living Safer Lives” Cape York Targeted Response. “Kids Living Safer Lives”. Kids Living Safer Lives in Cape York encapsulates a range of programs aimed at protecting and keeping children safe.

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“Kids Living Safer Lives”

Kids Living Safer Lives in Cape York encapsulates a range of programs aimed at protecting and keeping children safe.

Project aims to leverage existing resources by linking with and expanding on current successful activities

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“Kids Living Safer Lives”

The underpinning sources for the Kids Living Safer Lives program have been the following precipitators:

  • Increases in family violence related offences within Cape York
  • Child abuse and Child neglect
  • No succinct mechanism for monitoring child development, particularly child wellbeing in an integrated way
  • Unclear systemic process for reporting crime that protects complainants
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“Kids Living Safer Lives”

The Cairns Indigenous Coordination Centre will fund the diverse range of crime prevention and intervention programs for the Cape York Region. Primary focus will be on preventative and integration measures to combat crime and misconduct against children and families.

The program will develop suitable and sustainable service delivery models to achieve a decrease in abuse & violence related activities by supporting community development and the establishment of family violence partnerships.

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“Kids Living Safer Lives”

The aim of the program is to strengthen individuals and groups within Indigenous communities to report crime and violence and abuse against children and families & build capacity for positive role modelling in Indigenous Communities.

It also reflects the government’s priorities of ‘protecting ‘ our children and living in safer communities.

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“Kids Living Safer Lives”

The Kids Living Safer Lives program will be delivered as a priority into the Welfare Reform Communities of Hope Vale, Aurukun, Coen and Mossman Gorge and also extending to Lockhart River, Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama.

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“Kids Living Safer Lives”

The intervention and prevention strategies include;

  • Be Strong Be Heard - Educating the community on reporting child abuse and child neglect. To be delivered in communities through local socially and culturally sensitive workshops and aims to provide knowledge of law and skills for people to report and progress complaints of abuse.
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  • Crime Stoppers
  • The principal behind this initiative is to raise the communities awareness and the importance of reporting crime.
  • Promotional activities such as work shops and distribution of promotional material will occur in each community.
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“Kids Living Safer Lives”
  • Safe Hands

This proactive initiative will be implemented to target existing crime problems (the physical abuse of children 0 – 4 years).

Educate parents and the wider community that rough handling can harm children

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“Kids Living Safer Lives”
  • Wet Seasons programs

Provide an alternative to crime for children and youth. Promotion of self development and self esteem activities.

Communities isolated by weather can still support positive activities that reduce harm and crime.

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  • Project Coordinator Cape York AFL

This position will provide leadership, management and direction to the project and assist the community based project officer to take carriage of the local coordination of services. This position is integral to the success of the program and will work closely with the Queensland Police and program co-ordinators in the other identified programs

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“Kids Living Safer Lives”
  • Place Based Project Officers

Placed based officer within the targeted communities to facilitate the implementation of these programs and provide a central liaison point. These positions will assist in the running of these programs in the communities and work closely with the four Welfare Reform Communities, community justice groups, welfare organisations, health clinics, schools and government employees in these communities to assist in the support of kids and families at risk.

  • In Welfare Reform locations, intention to operate from ‘village hubs’
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“Kids Living Safer Lives”
  • Capital funds
  • office accommodation in each community if needed
  • staff accommodation in some communities
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“Kids Living Safer Lives”

Cape AFL will auspice the operational monies whilst at the same time be the conduit between Indigenous communities; place based service Non-Government Organisations, Australian Government and the Queensland Police Service through a place based Project Officer

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  • Kids Living Safer Lives program objectives are based on the integrated package presented at the Child Abuse Summit in June 2006. Program objectives can be disseminated into six (6) distinct program areas:

Program Areas Integrated Areas

  • Be Strong Be Heard Protective Framework
  • Violence No Way Complementary Measures
  • Crime Stoppers Safe Children, Safe Communities
  • Safe Hands Protective Framework
  • Wet season Complementary Measures
  • Sport & Rec Programs Complementary Measures
  • PCYC’s Complementary Measures
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“Kids Living Safer Lives”

Other programs can be linked to this to enhance WOG projects which aim to improve safety, decrease crime, improve infant health and safety to assist families build a better life

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Expanding Program Linkages

  • Kids Living Safer Lives provides a platform for other funded programs to link to this project.
  • PCYC – placed based, can provide linkages to community and assist program implementation
  • Hoops Dreaming – potential for Wet Seasons programs