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    I've been in tears all day after reading an article about a poor 20 month old child who was abused extensively and horrifically before passing away 2 months ago in Brisbane. It actually broke my heart, as I have a daughter the same age and can't imagine what that poor baby went through - It's really destroyed my view of humanity. Anyway, I don't want to do nothing, I want to do something to prevent further deaths at the hands of parents - or anyone really, but I don't want to sit back. I have a full time job in a sales related field, but I was wondering if anyone had any ideas of organisations to get involved with who help those more vulnerable than myself, children particularly as its close to my heart.

    If anyone has any ideas on what I can do that would be much appreciated. x

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    I work in child protection. From an individual standpoint, the most useful thing you can do is support families. Be a helpful neighbor - offer a break from the kids, a judgement-free ear, or a pre-cooked meal. There are lots of organizations which exist to do just this...and I'm sure there would be some you could get involved in (although I don't know specifically what organizations in QLD.
    The other thing is reporting any suspicions or concerns so that they can be looked into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renn View Post
    I work in child protection. From an individual standpoint, the most useful thing you can do is support families. Be a helpful neighbor - offer a break from the kids, a judgement-free ear, or a pre-cooked meal. There are lots of organizations which exist to do just this...and I'm sure there would be some you could get involved in (although I don't know specifically what organizations in QLD.
    The other thing is reporting any suspicions or concerns so that they can be looked into.
    You are a strong person to be able to work in that area. I can only imagine what you must see and hear in your line of work. I will look into some organisations in Brisbane but it is hard to know where to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renn View Post
    I work in child protection. From an individual standpoint, the most useful thing you can do is support families. Be a helpful neighbor - offer a break from the kids, a judgement-free ear, or a pre-cooked meal. There are lots of organizations which exist to do just this...and I'm sure there would be some you could get involved in (although I don't know specifically what organizations in QLD.
    The other thing is reporting any suspicions or concerns so that they can be looked into.
    Agree with all of this.
    Be supportive but also report concerns.
    I'm always shocked where I hear about how many people knew or suspected things but never acted. We need to be the best advocates we can for children until they can be their own.

    On top of this there are various organisations who you can donate to in every state who work with vulnerable children and always welcome donations.

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    If you Google "volunteering qld" there is a website set up with volunteering opportunities that may interest you. Lots of places around SEQ are looking for people to help out in youth centres and shelters in various roles.


 

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