Who We Are

NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) was co-founded in 1987 by Rosemary Sinclair AO and Christine Stewart OAM.

Since then NAPCAN has made a significant contribution to the safety and wellbeing of Australia’s children and young people by raising public awareness of child abuse and neglect and its impacts, and by developing and promoting effective prevention strategies and programs.

NAPCAN is governed by a Board of Directors, and has a highly experienced team of program, policy and advocacy staff located around Australia. In addition NAPCAN has the support of an extensive network of professionals, practitioners and concerned individuals who all donate their time and expertise to support our prevention strategies.

NAPCAN is a “for purpose” organisation which has both deductible gift recipient (DGR) and public benevolent institution (PBI) status with the Australian Tax Office.

NAPCAN acknowledges the devastating impact of colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities. To all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, NAPCAN pledges a commitment to walk alongside you to create stronger communities that can protect and nurture your families and children. We acknowledge your past and present suffering, we value your cultural wisdom, and we will listen to and learn from your voices. Download NAPCAN’s Statement of Commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Communities.