Biloela is a small town 120km inland from Gladstone in Queensland.
The population is a little under 6,000 people but it is a small community with a big heart and some great police.
Recognising the risks created by exposure of children to domestic violence, they are taking positive steps to inform the community about dealing with rural children and youth at-risk of abuse and neglect.
Discussing the risks, senior sergeant Nick Paton from the local police says:
“Even though we don’t get a huge amount of reports of child neglect, our officers go every day to domestic violence situations and incidents where children are present. These children are being affected by things they’re witnessing at these incidents“.
To do something positive about this, the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) are running free community workshops next week on Tuesday, November 27, at the Community Resource Centre.
Senior sergeant Paton goes on to say:
“We all want to live in a safe community and the more we can do to enable the community to live in safety and live together in harmony, the better.
“Children are very vulnerable and need protection and they also need good role models they can look up to, especially where some parents are neglectful.”
The workshops are funded by the Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.
Hats off to all involved for caring and taking positive steps, even in the smallest of communities.