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Children’s Week

Saturday 19 - Sunday 27 October 2019

Children’s Week is a national celebration of children’s rights, talents and citizenship held on the fourth Wednesday of October in Australia to coincide with Universal Children’s Day. Each year the theme of Children’s Week highlights a particular Children’s Right.

The Theme for 2019 is Article 24 – ‘Children have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help them stay well.’


Children’s health starts with healthy communities. 

Where children live, play and go to school, can play a big part in how they grow up. 

We can all help to build a great foundation for healthy children by making sure our communities have quality health care; clean water, air and green spaces; nutritious food options; support for parents; and safe places to play and socialise. 

Children’s Week is a great opportunity to join the conversation about how governments and communities can work side by side to keep all children healthy.

Want to get involved with Children’s Week?

Children’s Week is run by different organisations in each state and territory and many of these have their own websites. To find out more, check this list http://www.childrensweek.org.au/links.php on the national Children’s Week website – or see below for information about Northern Territory and Queensland, where NAPCAN is directly involved.

Children's Week Tip Sheet

Download the posters

Northern Territory Children’s Week Poster

Queensland Children’s Week Poster

National Children’s Week Poster

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Download Children's Voices Activity

Children’s Voices Activity

NAPCAN's involvement in Children's Week

In addition to supporting Children’s Week at the national level, NAPCAN is directly involved at the state and territory level in:

  • Northern Territory – NAPCAN coordinates Children’s Week and is a member of the Children’s Week Council of Australia. For more information about Children’s Week in the NT visit NAPCAN’s NT Children’s Week page.
  • Queensland – NAPCAN is a member of the state Children’s Week Committee. For more information see the Queensland Children’s Week website.

Megan Mitchell, National Children's Commissioner

The theme of Children’s Week 2019 is the right of every child to good health and wellbeing.

As Australia’s National Children’s Commissioner, I am keen to ensure that all children and adults know about and support this fundamental right.

Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that all children are entitled to “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health”.  The right to health is particularly important for children, because their developing brains and bodies can make them more vulnerable to certain health conditions. If they are not healthy, children face barriers to claiming many other basic rights – like being able to learn, play and reach their full potential, as they grow into adults.

Children’s right to health is also what is referred to as an ‘inclusive right’, because it extends to more than just access to health care services, to include a wide range of other rights that can affect a child’s health – such as the right to non-discrimination and the right to access health-related education and information. In order for children to be healthy, they also need access to the underlying pre-conditions for good health: such as clean water and air, safe care and housing, and nutritious food.

Importantly, Article 24 also protects children’s right to good mental health. During my term as National Children’s Commissioner, children have told me just what an important issue this is for them. Providing children with the services and support they need to enjoy good mental health needs to become a top priority for Australian governments.

We must all work together to find better ways to support children to be healthy and thrive: both physically and mentally. Children’s Week is a wonderful way to raise awareness about children’s right to good health!

More about the 2019 theme: Article 24

Each year the Children’s Week Council of Australia selects as the theme of the week a children’s right from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This is an international treaty of which Australia is a signatory.

This year the Council has chosen Article 24, which supports a child’s right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help them stay well.

Children’s Week is supported by the Australian Government Department of Education