Bundaberg's Robbie Boyes and DV campaigner Rosie Batty, who has signed the Bundaberg Charter for Children. Photo: contributed
Bundaberg's Robbie Boyes and DV campaigner Rosie Batty, who has signed the Bundaberg Charter for Children. Photo: contributed contributed

Rosie Batty signs charter for children

WHEN you hear the story of Rosie Batty and her son Luke chills run down your spine and tears come to your eyes.

Bundaberg's Robbie Boyes, from Protect All Children Today (PACT), attended the RightsTalk 2015 Australians of the Year, Inspiring change in human rights event which was held on Monday in Sydney and met with Ms Batty.

The aim was to have Ms Batty sign Bundaberg's Our Charter for Children and Young People's Wellbeing to raise attention and get more businesses and the broader Bundaberg community to also think about signing in support to stop situations like Ms Bettys' from happening again.

Mr Boyes said the charter was started in 2012 and will be presented at the Child Protection Week breakfast in September.

"By signing the charter people are declare a commitment to protect the wellbeing of children," Mr Boyes said.

"We will hold the breakfast each year and I believe it was important to have Rosie sign the charter.

"I have heard the horrible things that have happened and she has made something positive come from that."

Mr Boyes said he hoped Bundaberg would become nationally recognised as a Child Safe City.

Co-ordinator of the charter Angela Williams said since the start of the charter more than 40 services had signed on.

"In a small community like Bundaberg having 40 services, which covers things like all the schools under the Queensland Education Service, and the Catholic services in the area under the Catholic dioses, is a big deal," Mrs Williams said.

"We are now looking for more people to make the pledge when it comes to child protection.

"Anyone can make he commitment and sign from individuals, businesses and the broader community."

Mrs Williams said last year they also launched Let Their Voices Be Heard which is a body of work, which will go over two years, sharing opinions from children.

"It's about letting young people say what it means to them," she said.

And this will all come together again at the annual breakfast during Child Protection Week which will be held on September 9.

To sign the charter go to Phoenix House or The Family Relationship Centre.



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