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“Child abuse and neglect is preventable. If we all work together as a community we can create an Australia where all children can grow up safe and well.

What role can you play in supporting children and their families?”

– Richard Cooke, CEO, NAPCAN

NAPCAN invites you to get involved with National Child Protection Week this year and play your part in creating safe and nurturing environments for all Australian children. Remember…

  • By building stronger communities, we can create safer environments for children
  • We all have a role to play in protecting children from harm

Overview of National Child Protection Week

  • National Child Protection Week starts annually on Fathers’ Day each September (Sunday 2nd – Saturday 8th September this year).
  • National Child Protection Week is an opportunity for government, business and community to come together to promote the safety and wellbeing of children.
  • The enduring message of National Child Protection Week is that ‘Protecting children is everyone’s business’ and urges all Australians to ‘Play Your Part’.
  • A key message of the week is ‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’. Research tells us that a strong community is important for children and helps them to thrive and be safe.
  • We all have a role to play in protecting children from harm. The little things we do every day can help to create safer environments for children. For instance:
    • Be kind to children and parents
    • Respect young people
    • Be a good role model around children
    • Get involved in your local community
    • Look out for signs of abuse or neglect; if you suspect something is wrong talk to an expert
    • Always take reports of abuse seriously
    • Avoid blame and don’t judge; instead, ask yourself what you can do to help
    • Listen to the needs of children and spend time with them

Play Your Part Awards

  • A key part of National Child Protection Week is NAPCAN’s Play Your Part Awards for inspiring prevention initiatives. The Play Your Part Awards recognise individuals, communities or organisations who have played a part in creating safer communities for children and young people.
  • A program, individual or organisation from each State and Territory will be the recipient of a Play Your Part Award in National Child Protection Week 2018. Initiatives that are of national significance are awarded a National Play Your Part Award.
  • In addition to recognising and encouraging the great work that is being done, these awards help to illustrate the many forms of prevention. They give us real examples of what prevention strategies look like.
  • Winners will be announced during National Child Protection Week. If you require information about winners (embargoed until National Child Protection Week), contact Helen Fogarty on 0410 541 997 or [email protected]