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Children's Week

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Children’s Week (19 - 28 October 2018)

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.

2018 Theme: Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child –Children have the right to have a say in matters that affect them, and for their views and opinions to be taken seriously.

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.
  • Download the posters below.

NAPCAN Article 12 Poster and Tip Sheet

National Children’s Week Poster

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

  • Download NAPCAN’s Children’s Voices Activity below to creatively engage children in having their say:

Children’s Voices Activity

  • Download and share NAPCAN’s social media tiles on your channels to promote Children’s Week 2018:

Social media tiles – click to download


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.

More about the 2018 theme: Article 12

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 committee has chosen Article 12, which supports a child’s right to have their voice heard on matters that affect them. Article 12 is important because it:

• acknowledges children’s fundamental right to be part of every decision that affects them 

• applies to all children in all countries without exception, including babies and very young children 

• necessitates learning new ways of listening and hearing the forms of communication by children of different ages 

• represents a challenge to all governments, requiring not only a cultural change, but also the introduction of new legislation, policies, services and programmes 

• demands different ways of working, and necessitates bringing children in to social, economic, political and cultural debates 

• respects children, along with adults, as citizens of their societies: they have a stake now, as well as in the future, in what happens in their lives 

• recognises the unique and invaluable contribution that children can make to building the society around them 

• leads to multiple benefits including personal development, improved decision-making and outcomes, greater protection, and enhanced capacity for citizenship and democratic engagement 

• offers a win-win outcome. 

Extract from UN Committee on the Rights of the Child General Comment No. 12, ‘The Right of the Child to be heard’. The full document can be found at: http://www.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/comments.htm