Archive: Oct 2016

Children’s Week Events in the NT

Based on Article 17 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

“Children have the right to reliable information from the media”

NAPCAN also believes that:

“Children have the right to be represented in a respectful way in the media”

NAPCAN has developed the Children’s Voices Project which can be downloaded here on our website. It provides a means of asking children what they like and would like to change in their Community. This kit provides a way to hear the voices of children and enable them to participate in meaningful decisions about their physical and social environment.

NAPCAN is also encouraging adults in the NT to consider the following questions and to talk about them with young people:

  • How are children and young people represented in the media?
  • What messages do children and young people see and see about themselves through the media?
  • How can children and young people get their voices heard in the media?
  • How can we promote children’s rights in the media?



NT Launch of Children’s Week 2016
Friday 21 October 3:30 – 5:30pm
A panel of media and youth advocates will be questioned by young people from Create Foundation, about how children and young people are portrayed in the media. Junior Police Rangers will be hosting the event in partnership with NAPCAN.  Upai Purri – a local Torres Strait Islander Youth Dance Troupe, will entertain and delight the audience. ALL WELCOME
Salvation Army Hall, cnr Lee Point Road and Yanyula Drive, Anula
RSVP/Contact: or ring Lesley on 0409 099 581

City of Darwin Children’s Art Exhibition
Official Opening:  22 October 9:30 – 11:30am
Saturday 22 October – Friday 28 November 2016 weekdays 8:30am – 5:00pm
The exhibition provides an opportunity for local children to showcase their artistic abilities and creative pursuits.
Council Community Art Space, Civic Centre, Harry Chan Ave Darwin
Contact: 89300561 or

Darwin Free Family Fun Morning for children birth to five years and their families
Wednesday 26 October 9:00 – 12:00 noon
Art & craft activities, Fun Bus, jumping castle, petting zoo, story-time, magic show with Hyper the clown, disco with Kevin, free give away and morning tea.
Jingili Water Gardens
Freshwater Road, Jingili
For more information: 89300561 or

Our Time to Shine – Daly River students Art Exhibition
28 October – Opening Night 5:00 – 7:00pm
Exhibition open from 28 October to 11 November
An exhibition of works by students from St Francis Xavier School, Daly River.
Celebrating talent in Children’s Week. Proceeds from sale go to Xavier School.
Contact: Andrea Wicking, Event Director 0428 872 367 or

Darwin Free Family Fun Afternoon for children birth to twelve years and their families
Saturday 29 October 3:00 – 6:00pm
This very popular annual family event at Darwin Waterfront with waterslide, art and craft activities, Fun in the Parks, storytelling, glitter tattoos, balloon twisting entertainment and lots more.
Darwin Waterfront, Kitchener Drive
Contact: 89 200 600 or



Palmerston Children’s Week Party for children birth to five years and their families
Tuesday 25 October 9:00 – 11:00am
ALL FAMILIES WELCOME to enjoy the face painting, Jumping Castle, Blooming Tunes, animal encounters, story-time, muffin and fruit for the kids. Loads of fun things to do for all ages. Coffee available for purchase.
Palmerston Recreation Centre YMCA, The Boulevard, Palmerston
Contact: 89359922 or

Successful Solids by OT for Kids NT
Saturday 22 October 10:00 – 11:00am
Parent workshop with information on development of eating skills, first foods and practical tools for successful start to solids.
OT for Kids NT
5/6 Woodlake Blvd, Durack
Tickets $25.00, available at



Batchelor Oval National Children’s Week Celebration
Tuesday 25th October 9:30 – 12:00noon
Free fun activities with Smile-A-Mile Fun Bus & Toy Library, Territory Wildlife Park and Early Childhood Australia – badge making, face painting, reptiles, instamatic photos and lots more.
Batchelor Oval
Contact: 8983 2009 or



Smile-A-Mile Humpty Doo Children’s Week Celebration
Thursday 27th October
Children’s Week “FARMYARD”.
Join with families from the rural area in huge amounts of fun. Enjoy the Petting Zoo, Jumping Castle, Instamatic Photos, Hobby Horse rides, face painting, jumping castle, free sausage sizzle and loads and loads of fun stuff for everyone.
Humpty Doo Village Green.
85 Challoner Circuit, Humpty Doo
Contact: Jacinta on 8983 2009 or



Wet and Wild Family Fun Day
Saturday 22nd October 2:00 – 5:00pm
Come ready to get wet and colourful. There will be plenty of fun activities for the whole family, including a Family Colour Run, the NT Fire & Rescue Slippery slide, Sandcastle Competition, Face Painting, Art, Make Your Own Boat, and a Free BBQ!
Snow Kenna Park
Contact: Communities for Children on 8951 8002

Alice Springs Children’s Week Art and Photography Exhibition
Monday 24th October Exhibition Launch 4:00 – 6:00pm
Alice Springs Library
Showcasing the skills and talents of Alice Springs children.
For more information: 8951 8012 

Alice Springs Gala Dinner celebrating National Children’s Week
Friday 4th November 6:30 – 9:30pm
To celebrate Children’s Week, we are fortunate to have two guest speakers, Ms Megan Mitchell, National Children’s Commissioner and Hon Dale Wakefield Minister for Territory Families to talk about the rights of children.
Earth Sanctuary, Colonel Rose Drive, Alice Springs
Tickets: $68.00. Complimentary sparkling wine on entry. Traditional damper, gourmet BBQ buffet and sticky date pudding.
To register: Elizabeth Flynn 8951 8002
Book online:


Yulara Hears the Voices of Children
Wednesday 26th October 11:00 – 9:00am 
Local children, Playgroup mums and bubs, local children and families are all welcome to participate in the Children’s Voices project asking children to draw or write what they like about their Community and what they’d like to change.
Town Square

Lesley Taylor
NT Manager, NAPCAN
0409 099 581


Please click here to download this list of events as a PDF document


Media release: NAPCAN calls on all Queenslanders to ask themselves how they can play their part in protecting children

Media release: 30 September 2016

National child abuse prevention agency, NAPCAN, calls on all Queenslanders to ask themselves how they can play their part in protecting all children.

The death of 12-year-old schoolgirl, Tiahleigh Palmer, is a senseless tragedy that has touched almost every Queenslander and rightfully raised feelings of anger, blame, sadness and helplessness.

But NAPCAN urges Queenslanders to move away from blame and aggressive finger-pointing and to ask ourselves ‘what can I do to play my part in protecting children?’.  

Reviews to learn from our mistakes and change how we work with children are important, but the only way we will ever keep children and young people truly safe is to prevent child abuse and neglect before it starts. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has clearly demonstrated that, in spite of organisations’ policies and procedures, perpetrators are still offending. It is clear from this that we need to move beyond formal processes and work towards changing the culture of organisations and communities to ensure that everyone plays their part in keeping children and young people safe.

The sad reality is that Tiahleigh was directly and indirectly failed by many adults during her short life; but rather than focus blame on those people, we need to ask ourselves tough questions about what we would have done, and how we can protect other vulnerable children.

NAPCAN’s National Survey in 2009 showed that less than half of the Australian community would take action to protect a child even when confronted with clear signs of abuse or neglect. This attitude can no longer be tolerated; we need to bring child abuse and neglect into the light, and actively support families, organisations and communities to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

Unfortunately, we will never be able to bring Tiahleigh back, but we can honour her memory.

We urge all Australians to honour Tiahleigh’s memory by working together to ensure that all children and young people live free from violence, abuse and neglect.  

NAPCAN is heartened to see a strong focus on prevention in the policies of the Department of Child Safety under Minister Fentiman, but warns that we can’t rely solely on government agencies to fix these problems.

If it takes a village to raise a child, then the entire village needs to accept some responsibility when a child is abused.  

How can you play your part?

Be part of your communityThe evidence tells us that social cohesion provides a protective effect for children. This means building communities where there is a sense of belonging, where people know each other, where families are supported, where children are seen and heard, and where everyone plays a part in keeping children safe.

Listen to, and believe, children – When we look at horrific cases of abuse, one of the consistent themes is the how important it is to believe children and to act. What would you do if a child confided in you?

Help to change the conversation – When talking about tragedies such as Tiahleigh’s death, we can all help to move the conversation away from blame and back to ‘what can we do to stop this from happening again?’. We need to all challenge ourselves about our own behaviour. What would I have done? Do I know enough about the signs of child abuse and neglect? How can I look out for children in my community and help to support vulnerable families?

Reach out for help – Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you, or someone you know, needs support. We are fortunate in Queensland to have a range of great hotlines and support numbers including:

  • Parentline – 1300 30 1300
  • Family and Child Connect – 13 32 64
  • Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800

For more information about how you can play your part in protecting children, visit

Media contact:

Helen Fogarty, Media & Communication, NAPCAN:, 0410 541 997

Please contact to arrange comment/interviews with:

  • Teresa Scott, NAPCAN President, or
  • Sammy Bruderer, NAPCAN Queensland Manager


The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, (NAPCAN) was founded in 1987. NAPCAN’s mission is to support and encourage changes in individual and community behaviour to stop child abuse and neglect before it starts. NAPCAN contributes to the safety and wellbeing of Australia’s children by raising public awareness of child abuse & neglect and by developing effective prevention strategies and programs in partnership with communities.

Click here to download this media release as a PDF