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Kids Club Margaret River will be joining the campaign against child sexual assault by participating in White Balloon Day this Friday 7 September 2018.
An initiative of child protection organisation Bravehearts, White Balloon Day runs as part of National Child Protection Week, which this year runs 2-8 September 2018.
Shire of Augusta Margaret River Shire President Pam Townshend said the goal of the national initiative was to recognise the role we all have in protecting children from harm.
“The enduring message of White Balloon Day and National Child Protection Week is that the safeguarding of children is the business of all of us,” she said.
“Little things we can do every day include talking to children, listening to their needs and spending time with them.
“We can all also look out for the wellbeing of local young people and talk to an expert if you suspect something might be wrong.
“It’s also important to take report of abuse seriously.”
Bravehearts recommends teaching children the 5 Basic Principles of Personal Safety early in their lives.
1.  To trust their feelings and to distinguish between ‘yes’ and ‘no’ feelings.
2.  To say ‘NO’ if they feel unsafe and unsure.
3.  That they own their own bodies.
4.  That nothing is so yucky that they can’t tell someone about it.
5.  That if they feel unsafe or unsure to run and tell someone they trust.
Bravehearts offers specialised support, education and training services for children, families, schools, childcare centres and organisations. 
Call our toll free Support Line on 1800 272 831 Monday to Friday between 8:30am to 4:30pm (AEST) or visit our website www.bravehearts.org.au.
Kids Club Margaret River is managed by a certified practitioner in protective behaviours. 

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