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Goodwill: Foodbank manager Pat Hodges, far right, with volunteer Gillian Sharp, Sen. Const. Renai Gildersleeve and DCP senior community child protection worker Jenny Tatasciore with the packs that will be handed out.
Tom Davis Goodwill: Foodbank manager Pat Hodges, far right, with volunteer Gillian Sharp, Sen. Const. Renai Gildersleeve and DCP senior community child protection worker Jenny Tatasciore with the packs that will be handed out.

Foodbank Geraldton is getting behind Mid West Gascoyne Police and the Department for Child Protection in a bid to tackle child abuse.

The charity has donated about 200 food and personal hygiene products for Team Reset to give to children during child abuse awareness workshops, beginning this week.

Team Reset is headed by Geraldton police Sen. Const. Renai Gildersleeve and DCP senior community child protection worker Jenny Tatasciore.

The duo will travel to communities to deliver “proactive and reactive” programs to schools and parents, highlighting child abuse and greater reporting of the issue.

Sen. Const Gildersleeve said Foodbank’s support would help Reset build positive relationships with children.

“We would like to thank Foodbank for their generous and ongoing support of Reset, she said.

“Foodbank provide food, drinks, snacks, chips, toys and personal care packs which are received by the children with enthusiasm and a big smile.

“This reinforces trust and collaboration, as well as a visible display of the positive relationship existing between the Police and Department for Child Protection.”

Team Reset was formed on the back of Operation Reset, founded in 2009 by WA Police.

Ms Tatasciore said Reset endeavoured to build resilience of children and community members.

“In addition to focusing on child protection and facilitating disclosures, we are also building the resilience of children and community members across the Murchison in relation to safety through preventative and early intervention strategies,” she said.

Foodbank manager Pat Hodges said it was the sixth year the organisation had got behind the campaign.

“This year’s visits will help communities across 250,000 square kilometres,” she said.