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

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