Child Advocacy Centres

Parkerville Children and Youth Care’s Child Advocacy Centres are community-based, family-friendly facilities where professionals from different agencies and disciplines come together to provide specialist services for children, young people and families who have experienced abuse.

Parkerville Children and Youth Care opened Australia’s first Child Advocacy Centre in Armadale, in 2011. The George Jones Child Advocacy Centre now responds to one-third of all child sexual abuse reports in Western Australia. We opened a second state of the art facility, The Stan and Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre, in Midland, in 2019.

Parkerville Children and Youth Care’s Child Advocacy Centres are community-based, family-friendly facilities where professionals from different agencies and disciplines come together to provide specialist services for children, young people and families who have experienced abuse. Police, child protection workers, psychologists, child and family advocates and other allied health workers form a dedicated Multiagency Investigation and Support Team (MIST) team to reduce the harmful impacts of abuse trauma.

In Australia, one in four girls and one in six boys will be abused before they turn 18 years of age. The consequences can be crippling, not just for the individual but for our community as a whole. As a society, the way we care and respond to these children and their families can have a big impact on the long-term effects of that abuse and on the child’s ability to heal and go on to achieve a happy and fulfilling future.

Evaluation of the George Jones Advocacy Centre, undertaken by the University of South Australia, identified the centre as international best practice and recommended expanding the model across Australia.

The innovative facilities are a place of hope for children and young people who have been abused, bringing together skills and experienced professionals to support the needs of child victims and their families.

The Child Advocacy Centres are an easily accessible visible service in the community, promoting the importance of child safety and wellbeing. They run community activities, education and professional development programs, facilitating ongoing learning for those who work with children.

Multi-Agency Investigation and Support Team (MIST)

The Multi-Agency Investigation and Support Team (MIST) provides essential trauma-informed services for children and their families, tailored to the highly complex needs of sexual abuse survivors.

The MIST program is an innovative and holistic approach to the support of children (and their families), who have experienced sexual abuse and is based at the Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre – our purpose-built headquarters in Midland.

MIST delivers integrated services to survivors, combining acute, trauma-informed, response recovery support, with a long-term therapeutic care program. MISTs provide a response where the child and family are central, and their needs are supported through different stages of treatment and recovery.

Child Advocacy Centre Locations

George Jones Child Advocacy Centre

2 Wungong Road, Armadale WA 6112

(08) 9391 1900

Stan and Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre

1 Watertank Way, Midland WA 6056

(08) 9235 7000