National Child Protection Week fun day held in Bega

MOTHER AND SON TIME: Kiri Martin and her son Chase Martin, three, of Bega play with the playdough at the community fun day in Littleton Gardens on Wednesday.
MOTHER AND SON TIME: Kiri Martin and her son Chase Martin, three, of Bega play with the playdough at the community fun day in Littleton Gardens on Wednesday.

A day that was all about children has been held in Bega.

On Wednesday a community fun day was organised to mark National Child Protection Week, which runs from September 2-8, including activities such as face painting and story time. 

The coordinator of the event who was on her student placement at Brighter Futures, Lorena Ferrier, said it was the first year the fun day was held to mark the occasion but she hoped to continue it every year. 

The message she wanted people to take home was one on children’s safety. 

“Child protection is everybody’s role, everyone needs to play a part,” Ms Ferrier said.

Ana Russell and her son Kobe of Tathra.

Ana Russell and her son Kobe of Tathra.

In order to focus on children’s safety, she said people should engage with their children and have conversations about whether they are feeling secure and protected.

“Have frequent conversations with them about what their needs are as well, their feelings are very important,” she said. 

Another aim of the day was to talk to parents about what they needed in the community in terms of services.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Ezra Cunningham of Eden plays with Makayla Spires of PlayAbility.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Ezra Cunningham of Eden plays with Makayla Spires of PlayAbility.

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