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Australia’s first Child Advocacy Centre – an example of innovation and empowerment in practice

Parkerville Children and Youth Care were named finalists in this year’s  AIM WA Business Pinnacle Awards in the category of Innovation Excellence. A team of 20 from the organisation, board and our partners WA Police and Department of Communities attended the gala event to represent the ongoing work at the George Jones Child Advocacy Centre and within the Multiagency Investigation and Support Team. Although we were not successful in taking away the final prize, being named as finalists amongst some of WA’s top businesses was a significant achievement.

Our journey in developing WA’s first Child Advocacy Centre has been focused on creating a new culture of responding to child sexual abuse which cuts across different government departments, government and non-government agencies, multiple ministerial portfolios, different roles and professions, and multiple pieces of legislation. Parkerville have provided a key leadership role in the sector with the sole focus and aim to bring about sustained change for our society’s most vulnerable children and families.

 

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