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A message from the Premier

Annastacia Palaszczuk, MP & Premier Qld 

The Queensland Government is committed to supporting parents in every way we can. Many of our departments are involved in helping young Queenslanders stay healthy, active, engaged in their communities and away from trouble and harm.

Their wellbeing is at the heart of our education, law and order, sporting, health, community and child safety initiatives.

The responsibility of guiding young people through their formative and teenage years is a responsibility we all share. The Queensalnd Police Legacy Child Safety Handbook is a fantastic ‘go to’ resource for parents, carers and young people. It covers everything from nutrition and bullying to drug awareness, internet dangers and basic first aid.

I high recommend this informative guide to you. It will help you to assist your child to navigate the ups and downs of adolescence and steer them towards a long and healthy future.

A message from the Police Commissioner

Ian Stewart, APM, Commissioner of Police  

The Queensland Police Legacy Scheme is an independent charitable organisation that was formed in 1971 with the aim being to provide assistance to eligible families of Queensland police officers who had died. Legacy has now extended their support to include families where an officer’s spouse has died or where the officer is deemed to be suffering from a terminal illness. It remains a great comfort to officers to know that in times of crisis and thereafter their families have the support of the Queensland Police Legacy Scheme.

The success of the Scheme can be measured by the number of families who have been assisted. Over the past 40 years the Scheme has provided assistance to 191 families, including 342 dependant children. Legacy’s commitment to eligible families is long term and ongoing. The education of legatee children to tertiary level is the primary focus of the Scheme and one practical example of the assistance provided.

The Queensland Police Legacy Scheme’s continued concern for the care of children is exemplified by the production of the Child Safety Handbook. This handbook is a valuable resource that contains important information regarding the safety of children at home, school, and outdoors. It is designed to provide practical information that covers a multitude of topics including road safety, cyber bullying and drug awareness.

As the Commissioner of Police and Patron of the Queensland Police Legacy Scheme, I commend both the Handbook and the Scheme to you.

A message from the Manager of Queensland Police Legacy

Andrew Gough

As a former police officer, and as a parent, I know how important it is to protect our children from dangers. We all know accidents can happen but it is essential for parents to educate children on how to avoid risks and seek help in emergencies.

I believe times are changing and children today are now facing new risks, particularly online.

Children need to be educated how to keep safe when using the Internet for social networking and just as importantly the correct use of mobile phones and how to avoid pitfalls using particular Apps and other smart phone services.

As children grow older they fight for their independence and freedom so it is important to know they are prepared. To keep children safe parents and guardians should educate them with this child safety handbook. This is a great resource which gives practical advice and tips on how to stay safe during childhood and adolescent years.

Queensland police aim to reduce crime on the streets but families need to work together to reduce harmful situations within the home. Whether it’s protecting your skin from skin cancer, knowing what to do when you’re home alone or how to deal with bullying, children should be educated about safety.

It is important that our youth understand how to avoid the potential dangers they may face at home, at school, on the Internet and on the streets.