We’re Australia’s first secular for purpose organisation to focus entirely on the prevention of child abuse and neglect before it starts.
The National Association for Prevention of Child abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) was founded by Rosemary Sinclair in 1987, because she saw that the abuse and neglect of children was a taboo topic in Australian society in the 1980s. She was determined to change this and create safer communities for children. She set about to achieve this vision with the assistance of a passionate team of volunteers and a range of influential and committed partners.
Since those days we have remained dedicated to bringing the eradication of child abuse and neglect to the forefront of Australian society. We are a national organisation with 25 full and part time staff delivering services across Australia, working with thousands of volunteers trained to deliver our programs. Our passionate and capable staff work under the guidance of a highly experienced Board of Directors and we work with all levels of government, businesses, community services and organisations, families and individuals for the betterment of children and young people in our shared community.
NAPCAN has both deductible gift recipient (DGR) and public benevolent institution (PBI) status with the Australian Tax Office.