Campbell Newman MP Premier of Queensland
Our children are our greatest asset and it is up to all of us to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
The Queensland Government recognises its responsibility to young people through legislation and through the operations of various government departments, particularly the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.
The Queensland Police Legacy Child Safety Handbook is a valuable and important contributor to protecting our young people from harm as they approach their teenage years. This publication covers many fields, from diet and health, safety at home and out and about, drug awareness and basic first aid.
Its advice is succinct and practical and I am delighted to recommend this handbook to all parents and carers.
Ian Stewart, APM Commissioner
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.