This week is National Child Protection Week (1-7 September) with Eyre Peninsula residents urged to play their part in promoting the safety and wellbeing of children.
It comes as figures show as many as 1 in 4 Australian children have experienced some form of abuse or neglect.
Australian Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, says everyone has a role to play in identifying and preventing abuse.
“It can range from physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, sexual abuse or exposure to family violence or it could be a combination of all of these.”
“The weeks about preventing harm before it occurs rather than waiting until it’s too late and under the united nations convention on the rights of the child, children have the right to be safe and not only does this mean protected from harm but it also means being respected valued and heard” said Megan.