Archive: Sep 2014

National Child Protection Week 2014 launched by Governor General and Lady Cosgrove

The 2014 National Child Protection Week campaign was launched at an afternoon tea hosted by Their Excellencies, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove. The week officially commences on Sunday 7th September and runs until Saturday 13th September. NAPCAN acknowledges the Governor General’s leadership in supporting this campaign.

“It is our absolute responsibility to nurture and care for our children. We must protect and encourage them, and we must do all we can to ensure their happiness and wellbeing as they grow and learn. This is why I passionately support the work of NAPCAN and today I am pleased to join with them in raising awareness of National Child Protection Week,” said Sir Peter Cosgrove.

At the event the Governor General presented two of the national NAPCAN Play Your Part Awards to White Ribbon Australia for their Breaking the Silence Schools program and Wollongong City Council for their Child Friendly Cities Initiative. The rest of the Play Your Part Awards will be presented at events organised nationally in each State and Territory over the next week.

National Child Protection Week aims to educate Australians about the many ways in which they can share ideas to create positive change, whether it is through participating in an organised initiative, hosting an event in the local community, or simply being someone who listens to children.

Read about the 2014 Play Your Part Award recipients or look up a National Child Protection Week event in your community.

Special PACAN (Parliamentarians Against Child Abuse and Neglect) event held in Canberra in support of National Child Protection Week

Photo: The Minister for Community Services, Kevin Andrews and Senator Catryna Bilyk with NAPCAN’s CEO Richard Cooke, Deputy CEO Leesa Waters and Guest Speaker Kris Teece.

The Hon. Kevin Andrews, Minister for Social Services called on Australian Parliamentarians this morning to play their part for the children and young people in their communities leading into National Child Protection Week.

A special PACAN (Parliamentarians Against Child Abuse and Neglect) event, convened by Senator Catryna Bilyk and the Hon. Ken Wyatt MP in partnership with NAPCAN was held this morning. Guest speaker Kris Teece spoke about the challenges she faced in her childhood and the positive impact different people had on her life, demonstrating that communities matter and can influence a child’s life outcomes by playing their part.


NCPW posters are now available.

The 2014 National Child Protection Week posters are here, and our subscribers should be receiving their packages this week – if they haven’t already received them!  If you haven’t yet registered, and would like to receive our resources and other communication each year, please click here to do so.  To see the posters online, head to our Resource Hub.

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