Goondiwindi State Primary School wins Queensland Child Protection Week Award

Goondiwindi's champions of child protection have been recognised in an awards ceremony at Parliament House at the launch of Queensland Child Protection Week (QCPW) 2021 celebrations.

Goondiwindi State School took out the Education Initiative Award for the development of an innovative approach, research or resource to promote child protection.

Mel Jenkins, Head of Curriculum, has been working collaboratively with Act for Kids through an Individual Placement Support package to support young people in care to remain engaged in learning and within their school community.

The school has provided a space for Act for Kids staff to work four days per week with children who require intensive interventions.

They were recognised for their space which was tailored to the children's needs, with Principal Marni Morrison and her staff going above and beyond to provide training and targeted interventions to the children and staff and to ensure responses to trauma-based behaviours are informed and positive.

One referee noted that "the school is incredibly trauma informed and open to implementing innovative ways to respond to trauma.

"They have an ongoing commitment to working collaboratively with child protection. They go above and beyond.

"They have a collaborative approach to working with kids. They are consistent and concerned with the children's stability and wellbeing."

Chairperson Sara Evans said people were facing greater challenges and adversity than ever before.

She said this was an incredible opportunity to honour the recipients of the 11 award categories for the hope, joy, commitment and kindness that they bring to Queensland children.

"'Child protection is everybody's business' has never been a more important message to share when COVID-19 has forced children and young people to remain in environments of abuse, neglect and harm," said Ms Evans.

QCPW kicked off on Sunday and will run until Saturday, with hundreds of activities planned across the state despite challenges faced by COVID.