Talks aim to give children a voice

Professor James Garbarino will speak at the conference at ECU Joondalup.
Professor James Garbarino will speak at the conference at ECU Joondalup.

Speakers at the Children: A Resource Most Precious conference, running from today until Thursday, include Professor James Garbarino, from Loyola University in Chicago, and Dr Donna Swift, from the Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology, New Zealand.

ECU School of Psychology and Social Science senior lecturer Vicki Banham said while intelligence-gathering and law enforcement were significant in child safety, empowering children and communities was also important.

‘We want to give children the tools so that not only can they recognise potentially dangerous situations but can apply these tools in their everyday lives to keep themselves safe,’ Dr Banham said.

‘Giving children a voice is an important element in minimising harm.’

Conference hosts include WA Police, ECU, Department for Child Protection and Family Support, departments of Education and Health, Constable Care, Child and Adolescent Health Service and Parkerville Children and Youth Care.

Public post-conference lectures are this Friday, November 29, building 32, lecture theatre, 9am, free parking, refreshments on sale. Call 6304 5530.