Children’s Week kicks off with family fun day at Whiteman Park

Children’s Week kicks off with family fun day at Whiteman Park

Community Services Minister Simone McGurk has officially launched Children’s Week, which runs from October 23 to 31, while enjoying the festivities on offer today at the Family Fun Day at Whiteman Park.

The free annual event attracts more than 5,000 people each year and combines music, food stalls, child-focused activities and an animal farm where kids can interact with cute and cuddly animals.

Children’s Week is an opportunity for the community to engage in a variety of family-friendly activities that facilitate, support and encourage children and their families to play, learn and grow together.

In Western Australia, Children’s Week is convened by not-for-profit group Meerilinga and is sponsored by the Department of Communities. In 2021, the Children’s Week theme is focused on strengthening children’s sense of belonging and re-establishing connection with family, community and country.

The State Government supports a range of initiatives that promote better outcomes for children in WA.

Earlier this month, the McGowan Government passed the Children and Community Services Amendment Bill 2021, which included changes to legislation supporting closer working relationships between the State Government and Aboriginal people, organisations and communities to build stronger connection to family, culture and Country for Aboriginal children in care.

The Department of Communities’ Education and Care Regulatory Unit (ECRU) recently commenced a digital advertising campaign to raise awareness about Working With Children Checks and encourage compliance for individuals advertising tuition services through online platforms such as Gumtree.

The proactive campaign will next month shift focus to target babysitting and child-minding services.

For more information on Children’s Week or to find an event near you, visit the campaign website.

“Children’s Week is an important campaign that champions the rights for all children to be able to enjoy a full, happy and safe childhood.

“When we invest in children, we invest in our future. By enhancing children’s sense of belonging and connection, we help establish happier and more productive communities.

“Meerilinga has a long history of putting children’s needs first and raising the status of children in Western Australia, and the Department of Communities is a proud sponsor of Children’s Week.

“The McGowan Government is committed to keeping children safe and supporting initiatives that help them to flourish.” said Minister for Child Protection and Community Services Simone McGurk.