Lotto win for child advocacy centre in Midland

Basil Hanna (CEO Parkerville Children and Youth Care), Miriam Borthwick (Lotterywest Board Member) & (foreground) Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk.
Basil Hanna (CEO Parkerville Children and Youth Care), Miriam Borthwick (Lotterywest Board Member) & (foreground) Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk.

A CHILD advocacy centre in Midland, set to help thousands of children and families experiencing trauma, has been given $4.5 million in State Government funding.

The Lotterywest grant will support the construction and fit out of the new Midland Child Advocacy Centre, run by Parkerville Children and Youth Centre.

The centre will wrap services around children and their families who are experiencing trauma from physical, sexual or emotional abuse.

The facility will incorporate a multi-disciplinary team including doctors, police, social workers, psychologists and therapy staff – all in one child-friendly location.

The Midland Child Advocacy Centre will be the second of its kind in Australia, the first being the George Jones Child Advocacy Centre in Armadale. This is also administered by Parkerville Children and Youth Centre and opened in 2011.

Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk said it was important victims get a sympathetic, meaningful interaction and this joined up approach achieves better justice outcomes.

“The need for this exact work has been highlighted in the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse,” she said.

Midland MLA Michelle Roberts said the Midland Child Advocacy Centre was being built at the Old Railway Workshops and will be an important part of our health precinct.

“The entire Midland community welcomes this funding which will serve to give some of our most vulnerable young people the opportunities they deserve,” she said.