Building on the successes of the prestigious Constable Care Child Safety Awards, which have taken place each year since 2012, CCCSF will now be partnering with Kidsafe WA to host these awards with the new title 'WA Child Safety Awards'. The gala event will now be held biennially to allow the community more time to develop and implement their innovative child safety practices and ensure the next awards season continues to showcase a high calibre of applicants.
Some changes will take place to the award categories as well, including the addition of the 'Child Safe Organisation of the Year' award. This award is sponsored by the Commissioner for Children and Young People, who will be participating for the first time in the Safety Awards. This award will be given to an organization which has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to applying the principles and domains of child safe organizations.
The first WA Child Safety Awards will be taking place in August 2017. Past awards under the Constable Care brand have attracted much media attention, with coverage by Channel 7, the West Australian and Mix 94.5 among others. The 2015 awards attracted over 400 attendees, including high-profile Western Australians such as Her Excellency the Governor Kerry Sanderson, the WA Chief Justice Wayne Martin, three State Government Ministers and Shadow Ministers, three Commissioners, several members of Parliament and many senior figures from the corporate world.
David Gribble, CEO of CCCSF, states that "Kidsafe WA and Constable Care have both played very important roles in keeping the children of WA safe for many years, and we are looking forward to sharing our knowledge and collaborating on many more projects in the future. The Safety Awards have helped to dramatically raise the profile of child safety, and importantly put harm prevention strategies firmly on top of the community agenda. We are excited to partner with Kidsafe WA to work towards our shared mission of protecting, educating and empower our most valuable asset, the children of WA."