What role can Friends play?

FRIENDS PLAY THEIR PART TO PROTECT AND CARE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITY BY SUPPORTING EACH OTHER.

AS A FRIEND TO AN ADULT:

Be a good listener. Sometimes people just want to talk and feel listened to. Don’t judge.
Be interested in your friend’s life and how they are feeling about being a parent.
Offer to give your friend some ‘time out’ from the children.
Bring over a cooked meal or offer to help with some housework.
If you are really worried about your friend, and/or their children encourage them to talk to someone that may be able to help them.

AS AN ADULT FRIEND TO A CHILD/YOUNG PERSON:

Be a good listener. If a child or young person trusts you to tell you something then listen and don’t judge and believe what they tell you.
Encourage the child/young person to talk to their parents / carers if it is safe.
If you are really worried about a child/ young person encourage them to talk to someone that may be able to help and support them if appropriate. There may be situations where your concern may lead you to contacting child protection authorities and/or the police.

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STEVE BAXTER

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO “PLAY YOUR PART” TO PROTECT AND CARE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY:

I am a 16-year-old boy from South Australia. I try to play my part to keep children safe who are involved in our local footy team, and be an active role model for the younger kids on the team. I try to show them what you can achieve when trying your best, and that it’s not always about winning in sports and in life in general. We want to show them it is about fun playing sports and the community feeling you get when playing with your mates.

MARGARET

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO “PLAY YOUR PART” TO PROTECT AND CARE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY:

Since my husband died I have been trying to get involved in the community some more. I have been spending some time at the local primary school, teaching the young kids how to knit. I spend so much time knitting, it is lovely to share it with the students. I knit lots of babies clothes and sell them to raise money for different organisations such as Red Cross.