Archive: Sep 2015

The Immigrant Women’s Health Service are calling for participants for a film about forced marriage

A 2015 NAPCAN NSW Play Your Part Award recipient, the Immigrant Women’s Health Service (IWHS), is looking for participants to take part in a short film – an educational resource about forced marriage.

The topic is close to the heart of the Service’s CEO, as she was forced to be a child bride as a 14-year-old living in Egypt. Today she devotes herself to raising awareness about this issue in Australia.

The short film is aimed for young people aged between 12-18 years about forced marriage and child brides. The IWHS are looking for people to take part preferably from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background to participate in focus groups in the first two weeks of October, translators will be available.

The service are looking for participants who meet the following criteria:

·         Mothers who have daughters between the ages of 12-18

·         Daughters between the ages of 12-18

The goal is to ensure that the issues raised in the film reflect real life issues of women and girls who may be at risk of becoming child brides in a forced marriage.  If you, or someone you know is interested, please email: or sign up at:

Pictured is the Immigrant Women’s Health Service CEO 

Australian Survey for Kids and Young People are calling for young people to help keep kids safe

The Children’s Safety Study, commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, is calling for young people aged between 10 – 18 to take part in an online survey.

The Australian Survey for Kids and Young People (ASK-YP) researchers are investigating what children and young people believe they need to be and feel safe in institutions, such as schools, sports teams, camps, church groups, hospitals, and other youth services and programs.

In 2014, researchers from ACU, UQ and Griffith University spoke to over 120 children and young people aged from four to 18 about safety and have come up with a list of recommendations that are perceived to be essential for keeping kids safe.

The ASK-YP survey will test out those ideas with children and young people to ascertain how well institutions are performing in keeping kids safe and responding when they’re not.

The findings are designed to assist the sector to better meet the needs of children and young people and deal with any gaps that might emerge.

The national survey is anonymous and parental consent is required. To find out more and access the survey or email:

National Child Protection Week colouring in competition starts conversations about child safety

As part of National Child Protection Week, a colouring in competition was held for children at the Community Centre in Weipa, as well as local community schools in Napranum and Mapoon in Far North Queensland.

The colouring sessions provided a platform to talk about child safety, with children identifying who they felt safe with and who they could talk to if they needed help with anything.