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Federal Funding announced for the Stan & Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre

$1.4 MILLION FOR CHILD ABUSE CENTRE IN MIDLAND THE LATEST EVIDENCE OF OUR SUPPORT FOR THE VULNERABLE IN HALSUCK

Federal Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt MP, has announced today that Morrison Government will provide $1.4 million toward WA’s second Child Advocacy Centre, built in Midland by Parkerville Children & Youth Care.

“Over 80% of the funds required for this centre for children who have suffered physical and/or sexual abuse has been raised philanthropically, and I am so very proud to have been a part of getting the final funding required over the line,” Mr Wyatt said.

Basil Hanna, CEO Parkerville Children & Youth Care, welcomed the Commonwealth contribution and explained that the CAC is a community based, family-friendly organisation where professionals from different agencies and disciplines come together to provide specialist services to children, young people and families who have experienced abuse.

“Police, child protection workers, psychologists, child and family advocates & other allied health form a team to reduce the harmful impacts of trauma from abuse. The advocacy centre provides a safe environment enabling victims to recover.”

“Parkerville Children and Youth Care is taking the lead and building Australia’s second Child Advocacy Centre in Midland, Western Australia, called the Stan and Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre; a four-story, purpose-built, philanthropy-funded $25 million Centre that co-locates child abuse professionals from different Government and not-for-profit organisations,” Mr Hanna said.

Since opening in March 2011, the first Child Advocacy Centre in Armadale has provided secondary and tertiary services to over 19,818 children, young people and parents, with ongoing operations being funded through community philanthropy and fundraising by Parkerville Children and Youth Care.

The Centre now leads the way in the sector by providing a comprehensive model of specialist service delivery, evidenced-based trauma treatment, advocacy, forensic responses, research, community engagement and prevention, training, workforce development and consultancy.

The new Midland centre will allow for more children, young people and their families to access services in the treatment of trauma from abuse.

“The Morrison Government is committed to ensuring that the Hasluck community and those most vulnerable members of our society are protected, and we now have serious runs on the board here in our local community of Hasluck,” Mr Wyatt said.

“I have a strong commitment to providing support to the youth of Hasluck.”

“When visiting Esther Foundation to announce the funding, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison MP was deeply moved by the stories of young women whose lives had been changed by Esther. He shared a personal connect to one of the young girls – her name Abigail was the name of his first daughter, meaning a father’s joy.”

“We have delivered $4 million for the Esther Foundation to protect vulnerable young women and teenagers, in additional to close to half a million in funding for an Aboriginal Support Worker and Mental Health Worker at Midland’s Swan City Youth Service, as well as over half a million dollars for a new headspace Midland Individual Placement and Support trial site.”

“We have provided nearly a quarter of a million to Midland PCYC to conduct a youth diversionary program in Midland, and the has just this last weekend announced our $503.1 million Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan which is focussed on protecting the lives and mental wellbeing of young Australians.”

“Headlining this investment in Hasluck is a $6 million investment in a Mental Health Emergency Department to be located at St John of God Midland, announced initially by my colleague and electorate neighbour, The Hon Christian Porter MP, Federal Member for Pearce, whose constituents also benefit from Midland Hospital.”

“It is now simply impossible for our opponents to credibly assert that theirs is the only party of compassion for vulnerable people, when the facts and figures clearly show a cohesive, comprehensive and well-funded Liberal-National Party plan to protect and nurture the vulnerable in Hasluck, with a special needs-based emphasis on Midland.”

“When we plan well, and manage the economy well, we are able to lower people’s taxes whilst at the same time protecting the most vulnerable in our society – a philosophy and governing capacity that completely eludes our opponents, but is our proven capability every time we come to office,” Mr Wyatt said.

MEDIA CONTACT: Scott Stirling – scott.stirling@aph.gov.au 9359 0322 or 0431 392 814

 

$1.4 MILLION FOR CHILD ABUSE CENTRE IN MIDLAND THE LATEST EVIDENCE OF OUR SUPPORT FOR THE VULBERABLE IN HALSUCK

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