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National Child Protection Week 2020

Thanks to everyone who was involved with the following webinar program. Recordings of the NAPCAN-led webinars are now available via the ‘Access Recording’ links.

Many of the National Child Protection Week resources will continue to be useful throughout the year and can still be accessed via the Get Involved page. 

Supported by Department of Social Services. 

Join us as National Child Protection Week 2020 is officially launched by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley. 

A keynote presentation by Dr. Richard Denniss, The Australia Insititute, will look at the big picture of preventing child abuse, to kick-off a week of stimulating discussions about how we can best work together to enhance child wellbeing in Australia. 

Dr Richard Denniss is the Chief Economist and former Executive Director of The Australia Institute. He is a prominent Australian economist, author and public policy commentator, and a former Associate Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU. The Australian Financial Review listed Denniss and Ben Oquist of The Australia Institute as equal tenth-place on their ‘Covert Power’ 2018 list of the most powerful people in Australia.

Join us for an engaging morning with the following speakers: 

Dr Nat Kendall-Taylor, FrameWorks Institute US (via pre-record) sharing the latest insights into the importance of the words we use and the way we ‘frame’ our messages and conversations to best engage families and communities. 

Following Nat Kendall-Taylor will be Dolly’s Dream, NT’s Tick Everett. Tick and his wife Kate have reframed discussions around cyberbullying into discussions around kindness. Tick and NAPCAN’s Lesley Taylor will then launch the NT’s Acts of Kindness Challenge. 

The speakers will be followed by a networking morning tea. Note that places are strictly limited to 80 people due to social distancing requirements.

Tick Everett: After the tragic death of their teenage daughter, Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett in January 2018, following extensive bullying, Tick along with his wife Kate founded Dolly’s Dream, to create positive change and a legacy to their daughter.

Dolly’s Dream aims to raise awareness about bullying and its potentially devastating effects on children and families. It delivers community education on bullying issues and strategies for preventing and mitigating bullying as well as promoting kindness.

Communities across Australia have held fundraisers and events to support Dolly’s Dream, with a focus on regional and rural Australia. Kate and Tick’s non-stop advocacy, meeting with the Prime Minister and Education and Health Ministers across the country, has resulted in governments taking childhood bullying and its devastating impacts more seriously.

Dolly’s Dream has achieved so much in such a short time. This includes:

  • Providing educational resources to parents across Australia
  • Reaching over 10 million Australians who have heard Dolly’s story
  • Implementing anti-bullying and cyber safety programs in schools
  • Raising awareness of the devastating effects of bullying and the importance of kindness
  • Launching Do it For Dolly Day – a national day of kindness

Tick continues to advocate tenaciously on a voluntary basis while also working full time and in 2019 was named, along with Kate, as the National Recipient of Local Hero at the Australian of the Year Awards.

Nat Kendall-Taylor, Ph.D., is a world renowned expert in using social science to create positive social change, who loves nothing more than to ‘geek out’ about ‘issues framing’. An expert in psychological anthropology and communications science, Nat is the CEO of the FrameWorks Institute, and contributor to the Navigating Waters: Talking About Parenting research conducted in partnership with Parenting Research Centre.

Nat’s energy, enthusiasm and knowledge will leave you looking at the world in a slightly different way and convinced that the stories we tell, and the words we choose matter if we are to change what people think, feel, and do.

Nat has extensive experience with FrameWorks Institute projects on a wide range of topics relating to child wellbeing (including parenting, abuse and neglect, adolescent development, adolescent substance abuse, child mental health, out-of-home care, early childhood development, nutrition, and policy engagement).

Join us for a conversation that will delve into primary prevention and set the scene for National Child Protection Week, including:

  • What is holding us back in prioritising preventing child abuse and neglect?
  • How do we make sure a public health model prevents harm and improves inequity?
  • What are the risks of a risk-based approach to child protection?

The first part of the session will be a pre-recorded conversation between Professor Nigel Parton, University of Huddersfield, England, and Professor Daryl Higgins, Director Institute of Child Protection Studies. This will be followed by a live Q&A hosted by NAPCAN and Daryl Higgins. 

Nigel Parton is Emeritus Professor at the University of Huddersfield, England, where he worked from 1977-2020. Author and co-author of over twenty books and over a 100 articles and chapters on the general areas of child welfare and child protection. His most recent books are ‘The Politics of Child Protection’ (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2014) and ‘Errors and Mistakes in Child Protection’ (co-editor, Policy Press, 2020). He was the editor of Children and Society 1996-2006 and has been the Editor in Chief of the open access journal Social Sciences since 2017.

Professor Daryl Higgins’ research focuses on public health approaches to protecting children, and child-safe organisational strategies. A registered psychologist, Professor Higgins has been researching child abuse, family violence and family functioning for 25 years. His extensive research portfolio spans child abuse and neglect, child protection, out-of-home care, family law and allegations of child abuse, disability and family care, welfare reform, interpersonal violence, adoption and forced family separation practices, and community development approaches to child and family welfare issues.

LIVE (no cost) Virtual Classroom event – middle-upper primary 

Join the eSafety Commissioner’s expert training team for the National Child Protection Week Virtual Classroom. 

Students will: 

  • explore what privacy and personal information means  
  • understanding what an online ‘stranger’ can be
  • develop strategies and skills to secure accounts 
  • learn where to go for help and support

The whole class participates in a live video lesson where a trainer talks through PowerPoint slides and students will complete a worksheet during the presentation.

Please note that teachers are to register their classes for these webinars. Individual student registration will not be accepted.

We know that the words we use and the way we communicate about an issue really matter.

We also know that when we support development in the early years, we improve the health, wellbeing and success of children and communities now and in the future.

We can use social science research to make sure that we are communicating in the most effective ways and supercharge our efforts to support all Australian children and families.

Join experts Dr Nat Kendall-Taylor, CEO FrameWorks Institute US, and Professor Donna Cross, Director CoLab, to find out about the very latest research investigating how we can use our words and messages to create the very best for all of Australia’s children. Attendees will receive access to the latest research reports and a set of framing ideas that are important for us all to consider right now.

Donna Cross is a Professor with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Western Australia and the Head of the Health Promotion and Education Research team and Director of the Early Childhood Development and Learning Collaboration at the Telethon Kids Institute. Since 1999 Donna has been awarded over $84m in research funding to conduct research to improve child and adolescent, and their parents’ and school executives’ health and wellbeing. She has led 80+ applied school and community-based research projects investigating ways to enhance children’s wellbeing and social and emotional development.

Nat Kendall-Taylor, Ph.D., is a world-renowned expert in using social science to create positive social change, who loves nothing more than to ‘geek out’ about ‘issues framing’. An expert in psychological anthropology and communications science, Nat is the CEO of the FrameWorks Institute, and contributor to the Core Story of Early Childhood Development research. Nat’s energy, enthusiasm and knowledge will leave you looking at the world in a slightly different way and convinced that the stories we tell, and the words we choose matter if we are to change what people think, feel, and do.

Increasingly politicians and policy makers are aware of the importance of ECEC in helping a child onto their best course for life. They are also aware of the importance of ECEC to the economic wellbeing of the child, the family, and the economy overall.

What fewer understand is the potential for ECEC to be a powerful tool for protecting children and families living with adversity, especially if ECEC is universal and free. In these circumstances, appropriately resourced ECEC centres can be hubs delivering not only high-quality education, but also a place where families can be linked to services they may not otherwise have been able to reach. 

Join Thrive By Five CEO and former South Australian Premier Hon. Jay Weatherill and ARACY CEO Penny Dakin, as they discuss the campaign to make ECEC free and universal and how this would help more children thrive by supporting their families.

Jay Weatherill joined Minderoo Foundation January 2020 as the Chief Executive of its Thrive by Five initiative. Jay previously served as Premier of South Australia from October 2011 to March 2018. He has mounted successful national public policy debates and was previously responsible for the South Australian government’s Early Childhood Development portfolio. During his time in politics, Jay held a diverse range of portfolios including Education, Environment and Treasury. Jay is currently an Ambassador for the international children’s education organisation Reggio Emilia.

Penny Dakin was appointed as the CEO of ARACY in January 2019 having acted in the role from mid-2018. Penny has previously worked as General Manager for Policy and Strategic Engagement with ARACY and has been instrumental in strengthening ARACY as a leading voice for Australia’s children and young people. Penny is a member of advisory bodies including the Raise Foundation Research Advisory Council, the Australian Child Mistreatment Study Advisory Board and Australian Research Council Social Exclusion in Adolescence Advisory Group.

Children thrive when governments, communities, organisations and business all work together in a coordinated way to put children first.

Join this webinar for a fresh discussion about primary prevention at all levels – including the ways that good policy can inform practice, and in return good practice can inform policy.

Judge Andrew Becroft, Children’s Commissioner NZ will join us from New Zealand to discuss the importance of an overarching framework for children’s wellbeing.

We will then hear from Professor Sharon Goldfeld from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute who will highlight how different factors in our communities – physical, social, socio-economic, services, etc – influence the way that children develop.

Chris Boyle, CEO & Founder StandbyU Foundation, will then highlight the role of the business sector in protecting children, with the Westfield Helensvale partnership he refers to as ‘Retail therapy: Re-imagining the role of shopping centres in the community’.

Judge Andrew Becroft was appointed the Children’s Commissioner for New Zealand for an initial two year period from June 2016. Prior to that he was the Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand from 2001 to 2016; and was appointed a District Court Judge in 1996.

Professor Sharon Goldfeld is the Director of the Centre for Community and Child Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Co-Group Leader of the Policy and Equity Research Group, and Theme Director, Population Health, at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She now leads an innovative program focused on investigating, testing and translating sustainable policy solutions that can eliminate inequities for Australia’s children.

Chris Boyle, StandbyU CEO and Founder, was voted as one of the winners of Westfield Local Heroes Program. For the first time in the Program’s history, this partnership will evolve into a full-time relationship with Scentre Group donating StandbyU Foundation a 3 year lease to develop a place-based service Initiative at Westfield Helensvale. This national first services hub, Magnolia Place, will represent a preventative non-stigmatising service for individuals struggling with family and domestic violence, with partner service providers and retailers on-site to deliver safety and support interventions.

eSafety’s parent guide to popular apps 

Taking a look at TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube

The eSafety Commissioner has invited the parent/carer community to participate in their live (no cost) parent/webinars for National Child Protection Week

This live webinar (no cost), focuses on popular apps used by young people. It will include case studies, research, and targeted advice so you can support the young people in your life to have safe, enjoyable online experiences.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this session has been rescheduled to Wednesday 28 October, 9am – 10am (AEDT). If you have already registered, your registration will remain valid (but you will receive a new link closer to the date). The links to the left have been updated for the new date. 

Professor Gary Melton is a world-renowned expert in improving outcomes for children by building stronger communities. He has kindly agreed to join us live from the US for a conversation with Dr Shanti Raman where he will share his theoretical and practical knowledge on topics such as:  

  • How do connected neighbourhoods help to protect children? 
  • Can we make children’s safety and wellbeing a part of everyday life?
  • What can we learn from the US Strong Communities for Children initiative?

Beginning in the mid-1970s, Professor Gary Melton has spent his entire career in interdisciplinary settings.  For three decades, he developed and led large international, interdisciplinary, community-related, university-based centers and institutes and related graduate programs on children, families, and communities at the University of Nebraska, the University of South Carolina, and Clemson University. Since 2012, Prof. Melton has led initiatives on community development and social policy in The Kempe Center, where he is currently editor in chief of the International Journal on Child Maltreatment, published by Springer in The Netherlands and co-sponsored by The Haruv Institute in Israel. Prof. Melton has traveled in almost 50 countries and territories and all 50 U.S. states, often to assist in center development and system design and implementation. For seven years, he was president of Childwatch International, a global network of child research centers that was supported by the Norwegian government. He also served as a Fulbright professor at the Norwegian Center for Child Research at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and as a member of the Fulbright selection committees for psychology and Scandinavia.

Associate Professor Shanti Raman is a Consultant Paediatrician, with sub-specialty training in Community Paediatrics, epidemiology and public health. Her research and teaching interests include health of migrants and refugees, poverty, indigenous child health, child rights and child maltreatment, quality and safety in health, and global maternal, newborn and child health.  She is currently the Director of Community Paediatrics – South Western Sydney, where she is responsible for clinical services in Child Development and Child Protection across the region, providing academic leadership and directing research and training. She is involved with policy development at State, national and international levels promoting a rights-based perspective to child health and population health. Dr Raman maintains a strong interest in global health, provides consultancy services in international maternal, newborn and child health, works on population based research projects in Asia-Pacific and teaches clinical aspects of Child Protection and public health to Paediatricians and health professionals. She has provided policy advice to national governments and global agencies in the Asia-Pacific region in her role as the lead in maternal, newborn and child health, Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub. She is on the Council of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect and the Executive Committee of the International Society for Social Pediatrics & Child Health.

Join us for a conversation with Sharon Goldfeld and Hyahno Moser, where they’ll look at the foundational community factors for early childhood development and ask ‘how can we use place to drive equitable outcomes for kids?’.

Too many children are born into circumstances that do not provide them with a reasonable opportunity to make a good start in life. By the time Australian children start school, clear inequities in their development and wellbeing are already evident – driven by their life circumstances.

Disadvantaged circumstances for children lead to developmental inequities and differential outcomes that are unjust, unnecessary, and preventable and can be measured well into adulthood, with particularly adverse outcomes for some subpopulation groups. The challenge remains as to how best to meaningfully address these inequities and translate efforts into effective policies and practice; those likely to have the greatest impact.

Converging with this effort is the increasing interest and drive, nationally and internationally, in place-based approaches as a platform for creating change. While the rhetoric is rightly compelling, the challenge remains to ensure that research, data and implementation issues remain tightly coupled with community effort.

In other words – what is it about where children live that can make a difference to early childhood development?

Prof Sharon Goldfeld is the Director of the Centre for Community and Child Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Co-Group Leader of the Policy and Equity Research Group, and Theme Director, Population Health, at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Over her career she has successfully translated her research into service delivery and policy including the national implementation of Australian Early Development Census. She now leads an innovative program focused on investigating, testing and translating sustainable policy relevant solutions that can eliminate inequities for Australia’s children.

Hyahno Moser – like many children of his generation – spent most of his free time playing outdoors with neighbourhood kids. Hyahno worked in Outdoor Education for 10 years, devising, facilitating, teaching and leading young people through world-class, outdoor education programs, using adventure and nature to teach children vital life-skills. Hyahno went on to establish Nature Play QLD, leading the organisation for its first 6 years. Hyahno now works for Logan Together, delivering place-based neighbourhood play networks to support children to be able to play where they live with local friends, achieve wellness and be better set up for a happy healthy adulthood.

LIVE (no cost) Virtual Classroom event – middle-upper primary 

Join the eSafety Commissioner’s expert training team for the National Child Protection Week Virtual Classroom. 

Students will: 

  • explore what privacy and personal information means  
  • understanding what an online ‘stranger’ can be
  • develop strategies and skills to secure accounts 
  • learn where to go for help and support

The whole class participates in a live video lesson where a trainer talks through PowerPoint slides and students will complete a worksheet during the presentation.

Please note that teachers are to register their classes for these webinars. Individual student registration will not be accepted.

eSafety’s parent guide to popular apps 

Taking a look at TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube

The eSafety Commissioner has invited the parent/carer community to participate in their live (no cost) parent/webinars for National Child Protection Week

This live webinar (no cost), focuses on popular apps used by young people. It will include case studies, research, and targeted advice so you can support the young people in your life to have safe, enjoyable online experiences.

Join us for an engaging morning with the following speakers:

Dr Nat Kendall-Taylor, FrameWorks Institute US (via pre-record) sharing the latest insights into the importance of the words we use and the way we ‘frame’ our messages and conversations to best engage families and communities.

Representatives from the Tangentyere Family Violence Prevention Program (TFVPP) and Larapinta Child and Family Centre (LCFC) will provide an update on the progress of their new Girls Can, Boys Can project, which is expanding the achievements of the primary prevention project Mums Can, Dads Can into the early childhood space.

The speakers will be followed by a networking morning tea.

Note that places are strictly limited to 80 people due to social distancing requirements.

In a National Child Protection Week first, we are excited to be partnering with the Australian and New Zealand Children’s Commissioners and Guardians (ANZCCG) to present three webinars covering some of the group’s key priorities. 

Individually, each of the speakers brings incredible insight into the needs of children and young people; as a group they are truly a powerful force for promoting and protecting safety, wellbeing and rights of children! 

The first of the three ANZCCG sessions will cover Children and Young People’s Rights and Participation, with:

  • Jodie Griffiths-Cook, Children and Young People Commissioner ACT
  • Liana Buchanan, Commissioner for Children and Young People VIC
  • Zoe Robinson, NSW Advocate for Children and Young People (now unfortunately unable to attend).

Facilitator: Leesa Waters, Deputy CEO, NAPCAN

Some of the questions to be addressed include:

  • Children’s Rights 30 years on; what has been achieved and where do we want to be?
  • How can we continue to enhance meaningful participation and engagement?
  • What have we learnt from children’s voices in recent years?

In a National Child Protection Week first, we are excited to be partnering with the Australian and New Zealand Children’s Commissioners and Guardians (ANZCCG) to present three webinars covering some of the group’s key priorities. 

Individually, each of the speakers brings incredible insight into the needs of children and young people; as a group they are truly a powerful force for promoting and protecting safety, wellbeing and rights! 

The second of the three ANZCCG sessions is called From Rhetoric to Reality, and will take a hard look at what the wellbeing indicators are telling us and how we can do better.

The panel will include:

  • Helen Connolly, Commissioner for Children and Young People SA
  • Judge Andrew Becroft, Children’s Commissioner NZ
  • Janet Schorer, NSW Children’s Guardian
  • Leanne McLean, Commissioner for Children and Young People TAS

Facilitator:

Megan Mitchell, Former National Children’s Commissioner

Some of the questions to be addressed include:

  • How do we, as Commissioners, put kids first?
  • What does good practice look like?
  • What are the fundamental things that we can all do?

In a National Child Protection Week first, we are excited to be partnering with the Australian and New Zealand Children’s Commissioners and Guardians (ANZCCG) to present three webinars covering some of the group’s key priorities. 

Individually, each of the speakers brings incredible insight into the needs of children and young people; as a group they are truly a powerful force for promoting and protecting safety, wellbeing and rights! 

The third of the three ANZCCG sessions will investigate Achieving Better Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Young People, with: 

  • Natalie Lewis, Commissioner for the Queensland Family and Child Commission
  • April Lawrie, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People SA
  • Justin Mohamed, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children & Young People VIC
  • Colin Pettit, Commissioner for Children and Young People WA

Facilitator: Anne Hollonds, Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) and incoming National Children’s Commissioner.

eSafety’s parent guide to popular apps 

Taking a look at TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube

The eSafety Commissioner has invited the parent/carer community to participate in their live (no cost) parent/webinars for National Child Protection Week

This live webinar (no cost), focuses on popular apps used by young people. It will include case studies, research, and targeted advice so you can support the young people in your life to have safe, enjoyable online experiences.

We all agree that children’s health and wellbeing matters – both now and into the future – for individuals, for communities and for our nation. 

But we also know that not all Australia’s children and families are getting the support they need to ensure positive development. This is why, when we look across the country, we see such major differences in the health of Australians.

COVID-19 is highlighting these inequities and providing us with an important catalyst for reflection and change.

This session concludes National Child Protection Week, with our hearts and minds focused on a positive future for children, with participants providing an update on key national campaigns: 

  • Family Matters
  • Every Child Campaign
  • Successor plan for the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children

NAPCAN welcomes an expert panel, promising insight and direction into how we are moving forward:

  • Richard Weston, CEO, SNAICC
  • Dr Brian Babington, CEO, Families Australia
  • Leith Sterling, Executive Director, Child & Family, The Benevolent Society
  • Brenton Philp, Families Group, Department of Social Services

LIVE (no cost) Virtual Classroom event – middle-upper primary 

Join the eSafety Commissioner’s expert training team for the National Child Protection Week Virtual Classroom. 

Students will: 

  • explore what privacy and personal information means  
  • understanding what an online ‘stranger’ can be
  • develop strategies and skills to secure accounts 
  • learn where to go for help and support

The whole class participates in a live video lesson where a trainer talks through PowerPoint slides and students will complete a worksheet during the presentation.

Please note that teachers are to register their classes for these webinars. Individual student registration will not be accepted.

This webinar – hosted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) – will help researchers and sector professionals to understand the significance of research with children and young people. It offers insight into the experience of engaging in research with children and young people for both researchers and participants.

AIFS Senior Research Fellow Dr Rachel Carson will present on the research process used for the Children and Young People in Separated Families study. Anne Hollonds, AIFS Director and newly appointed National Children’s Commissioner, will then facilitate a discussion between Rachel and NAPCAN’s Lesley Taylor.