young people

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Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to qld government

PENNY PAWS: Teaching Our Children Safety Awareness

Help Us To Make A Change! After the events that have occurred with OSHC Camp Australia within local schools in the Ipswich Area, we have discovered that alot of young children are unaware of what to do in a scary situation such as verbal abuse, neglect, physical harm, bullying ect. We are currently studying Diploma of Community Services and have a strong passion for assisting those who may not have a voice to stand up for themselves!  We have created a program to take to local schools. PENNY PAWS  MISSION: To teach children of Local School's safety awareness so they can determine the difference between what’s right and what’s wrong regarding personal safety as well as what to do if ever put in this situation. Then to continue on with other schools in the local area. Program will be based on teaching the children the following topics What is safety?  Stranger Danger Personal Space Speaking Up All sessions will have activity sheets for the kids to participate as well as videos and and games, all child friendly and age appropriate. Our mascot Penny the Leopard will teach the kids the 3 important steps to keep safe! She will use her paws and teach the kids to put their paws up in signs of danger. STOP. THINK "Am I comfortable with this? Am I in danger?" PUT YOUR PAWS UP and say "STOP I don't like it!" In a firm voice! Find someone you trust to speak up Penny will also use phrases like "That was Pawsome!" "Round of a paws!" as well as teaching the kids how to "Keep your paws to yourself" Each child who participates in this program will receive a certificate of completion with their name and class included as well as a small gift. We feel by doing this, it will benefit all children in being confident to speak up, knowing the risks and how to handle it without fear of judgement or consequence. Depression and Suicide is a major problem in young peoples lives these days and it something that most don't like to speak about but by participating in this program you can have a peace of mind knowing that your child is capable of speaking up and not suffering in silence and have a basic understanding of personal safety. This program will be no cost to the parents of participants or to the school, we will raise all funds needed to run this successfully and seek government funding once implemented to be able to continue this as it is a very important subject that doesn't get taught enough! If trial is successful, we will be able to continue on with a Grade 5 & 6 Program and a High School program which will incorporate suicide prevention, cyber bullying, etc.  This petition will help us to show that parents & the community are on board with this idea and want to see it happen! Child abuse needs to stop, and it takes a whole community to band together and make a stand! No child should ever live in fear or suffer in silence! If you agree with us and would like to see this program implemented in schools then please sign this petition and help us to help those in need! Thanks for reading and thanks for your support! "Penny Paws"  

Shannon Reynolds
79 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull, Senator Richard Di Natale, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Richard Di Natale, Barnaby Joyce, Christian Porter, Katy Gallagher, Scott Ludlam

I know what it's like to be young and homeless. Young people need affordable housing

My name is Hayley and I’ve been in and out of homelessness since I was 14 years old.    I know people often wonder about how people become homeless, or how they stay homeless for such a long time. I’m here to tell you a bit about my story. When you’ve had such fractured relationships since childhood, it’s hard not to allow those relationships to negatively affect you as a person. Coming from really volatile environments, you get used to being treated badly and being manipulated. I had no idea what a healthy relationship looked like for the first 20 years of my life. I had never had a healthy relationship with anybody, especially myself. I walked around with a chip on my shoulder, I can admit that. So much shit had happened to me and I was sour. I acted out because there was so much going on inside of me. Once you get a house and start to seem settled, you’re never settled. When you are able to actually stop being hypervigilant after dealing with a lot of trauma, that’s honestly when you start feeling everything and that’s the point where I think people need the most support. That’s the point where you can crash. At first being in my own home was overwhelming, because it all hits you that you’re an adult and you have to take responsibility. The main thing that motivated me to move forwards in my life was thinking, “I’m not going to let what happened to me ruin the rest of my life.” That was my driver. I am not going to be scared because of my past. I’ve had a lot of support from my social worker and I’ve needed it. I want people to see people for who they are, not their stereotype. I want you to know who I am now. Proper housing means getting on with your life. We need more housing that’s affordable for people in my situation. A home gives you hope, stability, a sense of self and the chance to straighten up your life without having to move all the time. I want our government to commit to more public and community housing in Australia. Please help by signing my petition. Young people who become homeless really need housing they can afford, but also ongoing support so they can stay housed.

Hayley Van Summeren
19,587 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull, Michael Coutts-Trotter

FaCs you're either my parents or not! Remove the family court for trans youth in OOHC

My name’s Travis I'm a 15 year old brotherboy (Aboriginal Transgender female to male), I'm also a ward of the state meaning my parental responsibility is with the NSW family and community services minister. I have a very interesting case that is starting up around the barriers of being in foster care and accessing blockers. Where my rights are being denied, discrimination is being produced towards me and other trans young people because we aren't living with our birth parents, and outright irrelevant procedures for a therapeutic reversible medication that will pretty much save lives and better our mental health. My mother lost parental responsibility of me when I was 8 months old as a result of her neglecting me and using substances. When I was younger I apparently saw her on a frequent basis especially when my little brother was born. Then at 6 yrs old I moved to Port Macquarie and haven't seen her since.  My father was unknown up until 2 years ago when DNA testing was done to confirm so. I've seen him 3 times since he was identified as my father as I don’t want to be around someone with a negative vibe and potential risk to my safety. So the relationship between my mother and father is the equivalent of being strangers. If I was to walk down the street they wouldn't know who I was let alone even talk to me. I was placed with multiple family members and one foster family from the ages of 8 months old to 12 years of age. This is when I was placed into the out of home care system, so far I've had 9 foster care placements, another kinship placement from Gold Coast to Melbourne and from February this year I've been residing in residential care on the far north coast. At ages 4 and 5 I started stealing my brothers clothes and it grew from this. I always thought I was a boy but didn't realise what was going on. Throughout my placements I copped a lot of transphobia and abuse because I wasn't feminine enough for them. I also went through the phase of just agreeing with the adults around me just to see if what they were saying was true. Well that lasted less then 5 minutes as I instantly broke down in tears and literally tore my clothes off. This time last year I formally came out because I moved to a new state and felt comfortable to do so. Then early this year the placement broke down and I got moved back to the northern rivers in a resi house. In June this year I started attending Brisbane’s lady Cilento gender clinic in hopes to start the whole process to access stage one and two treatments. Everything was ready to go for stage one treatment (Puberty Blockers) until it reached FaCs legal department. This is what came back   FACS Legal advised that in the matter of in the matter of Re Jamie (2013) FamCAFC 110, (“Re Jamie”) the Full Court made specific a couple of references to children in out of home care. After receiving the decision of Re Jamie, a detailed briefing was prepared for the Secretary which he subsequently endorsed. The briefing advised:   “If the Director-General or Minister (or other government department) is a legal guardian for a child with gender dysphoria, then for abundant caution application should still be made to the Court for authorisation of Stage 1 treatment in addition to the assessment of capacity for Stage 2 treatment. The reason for this is that the Full Court distinguished cases where the child is in the care of a public authority as opposed to a parent.” There is a risk that the parents do not agree with Travis commencing Stage 1 treatment and this would constitute a controversy or disagreement in Re Jamie terms and an application to the Family Court of Australia is required for the authorisation of Stage 1 treatment. Basically, what they want is opinions off my mother and father. But here’s the problem, FaCs took me off my mum at 8 months old, parental responsibility has been with the NSW minister ever since until I’m 18 years of age. I’ve seen my mum 5 times, and my father twice in my 15 years! Does this mean that they should be getting my “birth parents” opinion on where I’m living too? I also had irreversible surgery on my eye and leg, they didn’t get my parents say and that is irreversible puberty blockers are reversible. In saying this, I'm hoping you the reader will take 2 seconds to fill the form out and help us out! With my case I have an appointment with the clinic next week and ill see what happens from there but, even if medical opinions suggests delaying and suppressing the medication will impact the child's wellbeing/safety and I don't have to go to court, I am determined to change the briefing regards to trans youth subjected to FaCs.  Myself and the help of others are currently working together gaining a team of NGO's, government bodies, legal representatives, and organisations to challenge the high courts decision and potentially take legal action against the FaCs secretary for a breach of rights and discrimination against young trans people under the NSW minister of department and community services.   I’d really appreciate the publics cooperation as I’m hoping the more notice everyone has of this taboo subject will help the case out and make it a safer and less invasive procedure for young trans people who are a ward of the state in NSW. LETS CHANGE HISTORY!!! This will be delivered to the parliament house, FaCs secretary, and used in court as a resource.

Travis Fox
2,876 supporters