Archive: May 2014

National Families Week: 15-21 May 2014


20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family

The 2014 theme is ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Communities’.

The aim of National Families Week 2014 – the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family – is to celebrate the vital role that families play in Australian society.  The 2014 theme is ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Communities’.  

This year’s theme highlights the important role families play as the central building block of our communities and that community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing.

National Families Week is a time to celebrate with your family, make contact with your extended family and friends, and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community.  It is a time to celebrate the meaning of family and to make the most of family life.

For more information go to Families Australia.

Robin Clark Memorial Awards

Nominate a hero of child, youth and family services for 2014 awards.


The Victorian Government is calling for nominations for the Robin Clark Memorial Awards 2014.  Nominations are sought for individuals, teams and groups who have made a difference to the lives of vulnerable children, young people and families through their work in Victoria.


The annual awards are held during Child Protection Week to celebrate the varied work taking place across government, the child, youth and family service sector, academia and the broader community to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.  Nominees may be foster or kinship carers, or involved in direct service, supervisory, program, policy or academic work that has had a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable children, young people and families.


Help to shine a light on the exceptional contribution of those who work each day to improve outcomes for some of the most vulnerable people in our community by nominating today.  Nominations are open until Friday, 13 June 2014.


Visit the Department of Human Services Child Protection Week page for more information about the awards or to make a nomination.




Summary of NAPCAN’s Evening by the River Event

Shafston House, Kangaroo Point provided the perfect venue at NAPCAN’s recent Evening by the River event.

Nearly 100 guests enjoyed the delightful QLD weather, sipped a beverage of choice, were provided with an array of canapes and listened to the NAPCAN president, Teresa Scott share the positive impacts of our community prevention programs.

Programs highlighted include:
– Play Your Part program is a community capacity building initiative that works in collaboration with children and young people, their families and communities to develop tools, resources, skills and community connections to help keep kids safe.
– Love Bites is a respectful relationships education program that focuses on the development of respectful relationships and violence prevention for 14-16 year olds.
– All Children Being Safe is a preschool and early primary school protective behaviours program developed to provide children with non-threatening ways to help them feel strong and stay safe in their communities.

Funds raised for the event will help NAPCAN to further develop prevention strategies and activities across the state.

Thank you to all of those who came and made this event a success.

Special thanks to Marty & Clive Taylor, Boucher, Shafston House and all the helpers on the night.

Angela Jegou
Manager QLD