Background NAPCAN & National Child Protection Week
About NAPCAN & primary prevention
The National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) advocates for the rights of children and young people. We know that the only way to keep children and young people safe from harm is to stop abuse before it occurs and prevent them from entering the statutory child protection system. We know that ‘primary prevention’ is the best option for children, for families, for communities, and for government budgets.
Primary prevention of child abuse is defined as any intervention that prevents child abuse from occurring, including strategies such as:
- building strong communities where everyone understands their role in protecting children
- valuing children and advocating for their rights, and for their voices to be heard
- expanding and improving coordination of social services
- supporting families
- educating families about child behavior, discipline, safety and development
- creating organisations that are child safe and child friendly.
NAPCAN makes a significant contribution to the wellbeing of Australia’s children and young people by raising the awareness of child abuse and neglect in Australia, and promoting and implementing effective prevention strategies and programs, including professional development and respectful relationships education.
National Child Protection Week 2021
- National Child Protection Week 2021 runs from Sunday 5th – Saturday 11th September this year.
- National Child Protection Week has been running since 1990 starting on Fathers’ Day each September.
- The theme for 2021 is: Every child, in every community, needs a fair go. To treat all of Australia’s children fairly, we need to make sure every family and community has what kids need to thrive and be healthy.
- The aim of the week is to engage all members of the community to ‘Play a Part’ in improving child wellbeing and keep children safe in Australia.
- NAPCAN coordinates National Child Protection Week with support from the federal government and a range of public, private and community partners.
- National Child Protection Week provides a platform to enhance the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, by informing, empowering and resourcing organisations and communities to play their part in responding to local needs.