A haunting new campaign has been launched to help prevent the tragic situation of children being left behind in buses.
Look Before You Lock promotes the importance of early childhood services taking every possible action to ensure children in their care are transported safely.
Education Minister Grace Grace said the social media campaign would be complemented with new stickers that would be placed in every vehicle that transports children across the state.
“The safety of children is paramount,” Ms Grace said.
“Every day, families across Queensland rely on early childhood services and transport operators to transport their children safely.
“Services must be vigilant of the possible dangers when transporting children and have strategies in place to manage any risks and protect the children in their care.
“The death of a young boy in Cairns earlier this year is a tragedy that cannot be repeated.”
Ms Grace said the campaign will also highlight new guidance that maps out the essential steps services should follow before, during and after any journey in a vehicle
“This is all about keeping Queensland children safe,” she said.
“Parents also need to be made aware of what they can expect from early childhood services who are transporting their children.”
More broadly, Look Before You Lock provides a timely reminder for other transport providers, schools and the community in general to be vigilant and ensure no child is left in a vehicle.
This important work has been progressed by the Department of Education in consultation with the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
More information, is available at: www.qld.gov.au/lookbeforeyoulock
Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace