Tuesday, November 20, 2018
On Universal Children’s Day today, Berry Street and AAMI Park are shining a light on the need to create a child-safe community.
Across Victoria, the need for safe homes is rising: there are more than 10,300 children and young people across the state who cannot live safely with their parents1. With the number of children in care having increased by 34% over the past five years2, the need to provide safe and nurturing homes for children is critical and ongoing.
Berry Street CEO, Michael Perusco said Melbourne & Olympic Parks, in partnership with Berry Street, are lighting up the iconic AAMI Park stadium on Universal Children’s Day to draw attention to Berry Street’s work with vulnerable Victorian children.
“We believe that every child has a right to a good childhood. The number of children who cannot live safely at home is increasing every year, with more than 22% of children going into care being under five years old3, making the need for new foster carers never more urgent,” said Mr Perusco.
We are urging all Victorians to pledge their support and commit to ensuring children are safe, while learning how to create a child-safe community and protect children from neglect and violence.
Thanks again to Berry Street’s supporters and to Melbourne & Olympic Parks for helping us raise awareness of this important issue.
1. AIHW Child Protection Collection 2016/17, available at: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-statistics/health-welfare-services/child-protection/overview