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A ground-breaking idea

Story shared by: Basil Hana – Parkerville Children and Youth Care

We wanted to do something different for abused children. We have two missions: one for assessing and caring for children suffering trauma; the other, raising awareness of the incidence of abuse.

We set about building a child advocacy centre with support from Lotterywest. It’s a simple idea that brings paediatricians, police, forensic interviewers, psychologists, child and family – all the different disciplines – bringing them all together under one roof, as one team, looking after the children.

Lotterywest gave us $1.4 million of the $5 million we needed. Raising the rest was comparatively easy. The George Jones Child Advocacy Centre has been open since 2011. We’re oversubscribed, which is both good and bad news. Good, because we are helping so many people. Bad, because it shows how many people are in the position of needing advocacy.

We see 1,200 kids a year. So people now look at the building as an icon, as their way of saying, “We don’t support abuse.” People get referred there, people walk in. It’s a great community building. We’ve got a lot of support from the media, so people actually see it as a positive.

The reason I’m telling you this story is that the catalyst for this change was Lotterywest saying, “We think this is a brilliant idea.”

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