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    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    Minister launches Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum

    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    Wednesday, September 05, 2012

    Minister launches Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum

    Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek has today launched the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum, which has been developed for all Queensland students.

    Minister Langbroek unveiled the new curriculum at Barcaldine State School alongside Queensland Child Safety Ambassadors Bruce and Denise Morcombe.

    He said the launch of the new curriculum coincided with Queensland Child Protection Week and would boost the Newman Government’s commitment to child safety.

    “It has been developed in partnership with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation to improve students’ knowledge, skills and understanding about personal safety and awareness,” Mr Langbroek said.

    “The resource is aligned with existing curriculum frameworks and is based around three core messages of recognise, react and report.

    “The first lessons will be delivered to our youngest students in Prep to Year 2, with the Years 3 to 6 phase to follow later this year and Years 7 to 9 in 2013.

    “This program will help teachers deliver valuable learning experiences, so that students can develop the skills needed to better manage their own safety.”

    Mr Langbroek acknowledged the commitment of the Bruce and Denise Morcombe, whose 13-year-old son Daniel was abducted and killed in 2003.

    The couple remains actively involved in the curriculum’s development and is currently on a tour of rural and remote schools as Child Safety Ambassadors.

    “Bruce and Denise have worked tirelessly to spread the child safety message and I thank them for their hard work and dedication to such an important issue,” he said.

    “In recent months there has been extensive consultation to develop additional high quality support materials for the curriculum, which can be used in all Queensland schools – state and non-state.”

    A range of practical resources support the delivery of the curriculum, including a Parent Guide to explain what will be taught in the classroom and tips on reinforcing safety messages at home.

    The curriculum development also had input from the Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian, Queensland Police Service and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, as well as experts in child safety education.

    The Parent Guide for the Prep to Year 2 phase is available at www.education.qld.gov.au/child-safety-curriculum and parents are invited to participate in an online survey at http://websurvey.eq.edu.au/perseus/surveys/DanielMorcombeparent.

    [ENDS] 5 September, 2012

    Media contact: Danita Goodwin 0439 886 652