Suffer the little children

From The Australian:

QUEENSLAND child welfare authorities received almost 72,000 calls alleging abuse of children in the past year.

Figures released by the Department of Child Safety today showed more than 7000 Queensland children are in care because they cannot live safely at home and almost 72,000 calls alleging child abuse were received in the past year.

Speaking on World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Child Safety Minister Margaret Keech said the statistics were “unacceptable”.

She urged Queenslanders to take a tough stance on child abuse and offer support to family and neighbours where needed.

“Protecting children from abuse is everyone’s responsibility and on World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse I’m calling on the community to start playing their role,” Ms Keech said.

Awareness is the first step.

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