HREOC launches safety projects aimed at Indigenous young people
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma announced the launch of a number of safety projects developed by the Blacktown area Aboriginal community in response to the high number of youth injuries in the area.
The projects – "Home Safe Home", "Keeping Aboriginal Youth Safe" and "Safety in the Local Environment" - will be rolled out in the Blacktown area over the next few months.
They are aimed at keeping young Indigenous people safe and preventing risk-taking behaviour which can often lead to injuries or contact with the criminal justice system.
The projects will:
* teach Indigenous young people safe driving skills and how to be safe in public spaces;
* conduct an audit of public spaces around pubs and clubs in the local area, and;
* raise awareness of the importance of safety for Indigenous young people to the broader community.
Mr Calma said: “The projects all attempt to address one of the basic determinants of health – to live in a safe environment.”
28 September, 2006