HELPING HANDS: (From left) Cr Sheila Ireland, Ipswich Community Youth Service manager Amanda Margerison and Crime Prevention Unit Sergeant Nadine Webster launch the Child Protection week awards.
HELPING HANDS: (From left) Cr Sheila Ireland, Ipswich Community Youth Service manager Amanda Margerison and Crime Prevention Unit Sergeant Nadine Webster launch the Child Protection week awards. David Nielsen

Honouring those who protect our kids

THE call has gone out for the Ipswich community to again single out local child protection heroes.

With awards spread across six categories, the Ipswich Region Child Protection Week Awards aim to raise awareness of the important work that goes on - often behind the scenes - to prevent harm against young people that are unable to defend themselves.

The Queensland Police Service, Ipswich and Somerset councils, State Government and Ipswich Community Youth Service are all supporters of the awards, which will be presented as part of a Gala Dinner on September 9.

Nominations are open now and close on Friday, August 5.

Categories include awards for non-government organisations; government organisations; community volunteers; educational projects; youth engagement; and cultural award.

Coinciding with Child Protection Week in September, Ipswich will also host two child protection symposiums this year.

Child and youth service providers, school support staff, health professionals and students studying in the human services field are welcome to join in this year's educational engagement events.

The first symposium will be held at Fernvale State School on September 1, with the second at USQ Springfield on September 6.

For more information on the awards or symposiums, phone Sergeant Nadine Webster on 3817 1351.


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