Local Western Australian Not-for-profit Parkerville Children and Youth Care, is taking the lead in building Australia’s second and largest Child Advocacy Centre, The Stan & Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre in Midland, WA.
On Tuesday the 8th of May Parkerville Children and Youth Care along with invited guests took part in the Turning of the Sod Ceremony to celebrate the beginning of this exciting project. The new building will be named after prominent Perth philanthropist Stan Perron who has contributed a significant amount to assist Parkerville Children and Youth Care in this exciting new Centre ‘Stan Perron has been a long term supporter of the work we do,he has been watching the progress of our first Child Advocacy Centre in Armadale and said the decision to support such a cause for children was not a hard one’ Parkerville Children and Youth Care Chief Executive, Basil Hanna.
‘Lotterywest also provided a significant grant to the Centre, they supported the first seven years ago. They believed in the legacy for the Midland community the Centre would provide. Lotterywest gives back 1/3 of all money spent on lottery tickets to the community of Western Australia’ Mr Hanna. It is thanks to the continued support of Parkerville Children and Youth Care’s biggest supporters that allow for the organisation to continue providing vital services to the most vulnerable members of our community.
A Child Advocacy Centre is a community based, family friendly place where professionals from different agencies and disciplines come together to provide specialist services to children, young people and families who have experienced trauma from abuse. It will bring together multiple service providers working together to provide vital services to assist in the recovery from trauma from abuse in the Western Australian community.
Australia’s first Child Advocacy Centre, the George Jones Child Advocacy Centre was opened in 2011 by Parkerville Children and Youth Care and now responds to one third of all child sexual abuse reports in Western Australia. A recent research evaluation of the George Jones Child Advocacy Centre model, undertaken by University of South Australia, noted the centre as International best practice. Since opening its doors in 2011 the George Jones Child Advocacy Centre has provided services to over 15,700 children, young people and their families.
Pindan have been awarded the contract for the construction of the project and Peter Hunt Architects the design, with an estimated opening date of August 2019.