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2015 NAPCAN Play Your Part Award recipients announced

NAPCAN is happy to announce the 2015 Play Your Part Award recipients: 

National Play Your Part Awards

  • Amrit Versha – Being an inspiring advocate for children’s safety and wellbeing in the migrant and refugee community
  • National Children’s and Youth Law Centre, King & Wood Mallesons, University of NSW, Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department , Australian Securities & Investments Commission and Telstra – National collaboration on Lawmail, Lawstuff and Online Safety (Matthew Keeley Director of the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre is pictured above with His Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General of Australia)
  • Kids Helpline and Optus – Kids Helpline @ School

Play Your Part Awards New South Wales

  • The Immigrant Women’s Health Service – The Multicultural Parenting Project
  • South Coast Child Wellbeing Network – Ongoing commitment to promote the wellbeing and safety of children in the Illawarra region

Play Your Part Awards Victoria

  • Family Life – Community Bubs
  • South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA) – Respect me. Don’t sext me.

Play Your Part Awards Queensland

  • Mackay Child Friendly Community Action Group – Inspiring advocacy in promoting the safety and wellbeing of children
  • True Relationships and Reproductive Health (formerly Family Planning QLD) – Wellness and Well Being Project

Play Your Part Awards South Australia

  • Boystown SA – Penrose Young Parents Program
  • Relationships Australia South Australia – Infant Massage Program

Play Your Part Awards Western Australia

  • Anglicare WA – Child Safe Organisation Strategy

Play Your Part Awards Australian Capital Territory

  • Canberra Fathers and Childrens Service (CanFaCS) – Dad’s Place
  • YWCA Canberra – Relationship Things

Play Your Part Awards Tasmania

  • Mission Australia, Good Beginnings, Hobart City Mission, Pittwater Community Centre and Jordan River Services – South East Gateway Integrated Family Support Services

Play Your Part Awards Northern Territory

  • Malabam Health Board Aboriginal Corporation – “GREATS” Youth Services
  • Willowra Early Childhood Reference Group and the children of the Willowra community in partnership with World Vision Australia – Hearing Children’s Voices: Willowra Community

His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, presented two of NAPCAN’s National Play Your Part Awards at Admiralty House on Friday to Amrit Versha and the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre and collaborators on Lawmail, Lawstuff and Online Safety.

Kids Helpline and Optus received their National Play Your Part Award today from the Minister for Social Services, Hon. Scott Morrison at a special presentation to demonstrate the Kids Helpline @ School initiative to year six students at the Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School in Canberra.

The NAPCAN Play Your Part State Award recipients will be presented in award ceremonies across Australia this week. Read more about the NAPCAN Play Your Part Award recipients.

The Awards mark the 25th Anniversary of National Child Protection Week to promote the safety and wellbeing of Australian children and families.

Congratulations to the all the Play Your Part Award recipients.

Rosie Batty calls for all Australians to ‘Play Their Part’ during National Child Protection Week

To mark the start of the 25th anniversary of National Child Protection Week (NCPW), Australian of the Year Rosie Batty has called upon all Australians to play their part in protecting children from abuse and neglect.

“National Child Protection Week encourages everyone to learn about the role they can play in their local community so we can prevent abuse before it starts,” Ms Batty said.

Ms Batty recently told Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence that family violence prevention needs to be taught in every Australian school as early as kindergarten, echoing the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect’s (NAPCAN) stance that prevention through education is one of the most effective solutions.

Statistics released this year revealed that 40, 844 children were confirmed as having experienced abuse or neglect in Australia last year. The 25th annual National Child Protection Week (September 6 to 12) raises awareness about child abuse and neglect and this year aims to educate Australians about the impacts of family violence and simple ways they can create change in their own community.

People are being reminded that protecting children is everyone’s business and that there are many different ways to take part, examples include encouraging children to use their voice to speak up about community issues, being a good role model or advocating for a respectful relationship program to be introduced into your school.

The Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove launched NCPW on Friday by showcasing the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect’s (NAPCAN) Play Your Part Award winners at a special ceremony at Admiralty House. The annual Awards showcase innovative community initiatives and programs focused on the prevention of child abuse and neglect, with all the award winners celebrated during NCPW at events in each State and Territory.

This year’s winners include human rights advocate Amrit Versha (pictured above), the collaboration between the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre (NCYLC), University of NSW, King & Wood Mallesons law firm, the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department, Australian Securities & Investments Commission and Telstra for Lawstuff and Lawmail and the Kids Helpline and Optus’ Kids Helpline @ School program.

Along with highlighting the wonderful work being carried out in Australian communities through the Awards, NAPCAN continues to develop practical resources for the public that outline simple, yet effective ways to protect children from harm. They can be found on the NAPCAN website

Today’s tip on how to play your part for 2015 National Child Protection Week

See today’s tip on how to  promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people for the launch of 2015 National Child Protection Week. See the week’s calendar of tips.

Saturday's tip for organisations for NCPW 2015

Saturday's tip for NCPW 2015