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Helping to ensure child protection is everyone's business
Violence, abuse, neglect... it can be hard to know what to do when someone you know is being hurt.
When you're the one copping the abuse, it's even harder.
“More than 5,000 counselling contacts to Kids Helpline each year are about child abuse, domestic or family violence, or issues related to living in out-of-home care,” Kids Helpline CEO Tracy Adams revealed.
“Last year, one in 10 of these were about concern for another person.”
To help those young people struggling, Kids Helpline has launched two comics focusing on what to do when your friend is being abused.
Alex, Jess & Sacha (ages 5-12)
Alex is acting differently at school. He no longer wants to go home...
Jess and Sacha are worried about Alex. From wearing a jumper when it's boiling hot, to kicking over the trash can at lunch, he hasn't been himself. But what can they do?
Available in digital, print and video, the kids comic is about physical violence while the teens version focuses on sexual abuse.
The comics received funding from the Queensland Child Protection Week Committee.
“We know that often the first person to notice or hear about abuse can be a friend,” Ms Adams said.
“Many may think child protection is only something adults know or understand but the hundreds of contacts made to Kids Helpline each year by young people looking out for friends says otherwise.”
In 2017, child abuse was the second most common reason for Kids Helpline initiating emergency duty-of-care interventions.