What role can Police play?

POLICE PLAY THEIR PART TO PROTECT AND CARE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITY BY BEING APPROACHABLE AND EDUCATING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE ON HOW TO BE SAFE.

Be a positive role model and influence for children and young people to look up to.
Develop policies and procedures that convey the law in a way that any person can understand.

Child Protection Policies should promote wellbeing and early intervention practices and be consistent with state/territory mandatory reporting legislation.

When implemented and supported consistently, these policies work to protect children, workers and the organisation.
Consider the impact on children/young people when making service delivery decisions.

Develop and share a directory of local services in police stations that can support families.

Involve yourself in community events and network across sectors to build trusting relationships and develop balanced well- informed perspectives on children and young people.

Congratulate families and young people when you see or hear good things happening.
Be approachable and youth friendly.

Developing and adhering to a code of conduct for working with children and young people at your station is a practical tool for promoting clear and consistent roles and behaviour.

Think about safe and respectful ways to offer assistance if you see an adult being inappropriate towards a child or young person.

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RON HALLIDAY : NSW POLICE

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

Being a positive and supportive role model to high school students. Actively involved in promoting a safe and friendly learning environment for young people to learn in. Assisting young people reach their full potential by encouraging them, and assisting where possible, to have a go. Creating a safer environment by giving schools and the wider community advice on cyber crime, domestic violence, sexual assault & community neglect. Being available anytime for advise.

DETECTIVE SUPERINTENDENT TODD HUNTER : AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE

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

The AFP has a significant role to play in ensuring children and young people are safe, no matter what environment they are in. In fulfilling this role, the AFP has forged strong partnerships with all Australian law enforcement agencies, many international agencies, government departments, industry and not-for-profit organisations.

The AFP is involved in many crime prevention and awareness raising initiatives, particularly in relation to keeping young people safe online. As Manager of Cyber Crime Operations, I am responsible for activities associated with combating online crime and making the internet safer for children.

The AFP, through its High Tech Crime Operations unit, is responsible for the investigation of crimes associated with online child sex exploitation and child sex tourism.

For more information on Child Protection Operations, visit the AFP website:http://www.afp.gov.au/policing/child-protection-operations.aspx