Morcombes closer to taking child safety curriculum national
THE Morcombes have taken a huge step towards achieving a long-held goal to take their child safety curriculum national after a meeting with the Federal Education Minister.
Denise Morcombe met with Christopher Pyne in Canberra this week on the final day of a 66-day tour to take their child safety message national and lobby governments across Australia to adopt the carefully developed curriculum.
Mrs Morcombe, who has now returned to Brisbane for a pre-trial hearing in the murder case against the man accused of abducting her son 10 years ago, said the national curriculum had set lessons but there was a section on internet safety where Mr Pyne believed they could link to the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum developed in Queensland so schools could investigate further.
She said Mr Pyne was also going to encourage states to implement the curriculum during a Ministerial Council of Education Ministers later this month.
Mrs Morcombe said the minister had asked for 225 copies of a booklet containing information about the curriculum, other Daniel Morcombe Foundation initiatives and information about children who have been able to protect their safety through things the Morcombes had taught.
She said he wanted to distribute them with a recommendation letter to all Federal MPs, asking them to support DMF programs and voice their support to their education ministers in turn.
Bruce Morcombe said if the child safety curriculum could be integrated into the national curriculum, it would be far easier than lobbying state and territory ministers one by one.
But he said he and Denise had made huge progress during their national tour, meeting education ministers, child safety chiefs and attorneys-general in every state and territory.
"It truly was a massive success," he said.
The Morcombes, who travelled 17,000km, did a presentation to about 30 schools, went to 15 community events and did more than 85 media interviews across the country.
They had more than 1000 schools register for Day for Daniel in October, 400 of those interstate.