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Community safety symposium highlights child protection issues

Published: 23 July 2015

Community safety symposium highlights child protection issues
Councillor Russell Lutton, Professor Freda Briggs, Kim Jackson (director and founder of Child Safety Australia Inc) and Chief Superintendent Marty Mickelson at the symposium.

High level advice on how to protect children online and interpret children's drawings was among information shared at Logan City's first Community Safety Symposium on 22 June 2015.

More than 70 people attended the symposium, hosted by Logan City Council in partnership with Griffith University and Children's Safety Australia Inc.

Open to representatives from government, non-government and community organisations, students studying in a related field, and child protection advocates, it featured the latest research by child protection professionals, including the Queensland Police Service's Taskforce Argos, which investigates online child exploitation and abuse.

Logan Safe City Advisory Committee Chairperson, Logan: City of Choice Leadership Team member and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Russell Lutton, said the symposium offered a chance for attendees to extend their knowledge of best practice in child protection initiatives.

"The day featured a wide range of valuable information, including an overview of Griffith University's Family Interaction Program and advice on how to influence the way the Family Court handles domestic violence and child abuse," Cr Lutton said.

"We are proud to deliver a professional event such as this, which improves the understanding of child protection in Logan and communities throughout Australia," he said.

"Logan City Council has regularly taken a lead on issues in community safety, working closely with police, advocates and community groups to develop community based initiatives."

The Community Safety Symposium is an initiative of the Logan: City of Choice Two-Year Action Plan 2013-2015.