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Children’s Week

24 October - 1 November 2020

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 2020 is Article 15 – ‘Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.”

This includes being free to:

  • meet individual people and groups of friends
  • set up an organisation
  • join an organisation
  • take part in peaceful protest
  • come together to discuss the issues that affect their lives.

Children’s Week 2020 is a wonderful opportunity to promote the rights of children and young people, and to celebrate their capacity to actively contribute to the world around them.

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 link to information about Children’s Week in your state or territory go to the national Children’s Week website – or see below for information about Northern Territory and Queensland, where NAPCAN is directly involved.



It’s a wrap up - WEBINAR


Date: 30th Oct

Time: 12pm – 1pm (ACST)

Being kind is good for our health, good for those around us, and especially good for our children. And best of all, it’s contagious!

During National Child Protection Week 2020, NAPCAN launched the NT Acts of Kindness Challenge to highlight the power of kindness as a tool for creating safe and nurturing environments for children and young people.

Now as part of Children’s Week, we’re excited to host a webinar sharing some of the wonderful acts of kindness recorded in corridors, clubs, classes, committees and communities throughout the NT.

Link into the webinar to hear real-life Territory tales of kindness by those who have shared them, experienced them and spread kindness onto others.

Register for the webinar here.

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Children’s Voices Activity


The Children’s Week Council of Australia (CWCoA) is hosting a national conversation with incoming National Children’s Commissioner, Anne Hollonds, on Wednesday 28 October 2020 at 1.30pm (Central Standard Time).

This is Anne’s first opportunity to introduce herself in her new role, and share her vision and aspirations for Australia’s children.

As part of the conversation, CWCoA Secretary Julie Hourigan Ruse will explore with Anne how the rights of children to connect safely with others has been impacted this year by drought, bushfire, flood and pandemic across the nation.

Register here.

Email [email protected] for further information.

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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.