Category Archive: National Child Protection Week 2013

Blocking the digital danger: The AFP’s ThinkUKnow program plays a big part to protect children online.

ThinkUKnow Partners: From the left, Ann Statham, Datacom Australia; Paul DeAraujo Head of Citizenship, Microsoft Australia, Dr Jenny Cartwright, Coordinator Strategic Initiatives, AFP, Megan Mitchell, National Children’s Commissioner, Federal Agent James Braithwaite, Cyber Crime Prevention, AFP.

ThinkUKnow, a partnership between the AFP, Microsoft and Datacom, that is an Internet safety program delivering interactive training to children, parents, carers and teachers through schools and organisations across Australia which is helping to bridge the gap between the tech-savvy Gen Y and their parents.

Program Coordinator, Dr Jenny Cartwright, received NAPCAN’s Play Your Part award on behalf of the initiative yesterday, during a breakfast event hosted by NAPCAN at UBS Australia in Sydney. NAPCAN CEO, Richard Cooke, who attended the event, said the protection of children from online risks requires more attention considering how accessible the Internet is for young users. “It is exceedingly important to create safer communities for Australian children and in recognising the contribution initiatives like ThinkUKnow makes in helping to make safer communities both on and offline,” said Mr Cooke. “National Child Protection Week is about engaging the community to raise awareness about how we can better protect children. Virtual interactions can produce real-life risks so it is essential that parents understand how kids are using online programs.” Chief Security Advisor of Microsoft Australia James Kavanagh said he is pleased to see the ThinkUKnow partnership and the dedicated volunteers recognised for their hard work over the past few years. “Almost every night of the week, ThinkUKnow volunteers travel to schools and workplaces across Australia,” Mr Kavanah said. “They help parents understand a range of online issues and how best to ensure their children can learn and interact safely online. The award recognises the enthusiasm of parents and the dedication of over 260 volunteers.”

Please visit their website for more information.

 

Play Your Part – Support a Child Protection Week Event in your State

View National Child Protection Week 2013 events held in your State or Territory here.

View Queensland Child Protection Week 2013 website event listings

Early action is key to improving the lives of all children.

Great article in the Sydney Morning Herald by Anne Hollonds who is the chief executive of the Benevolent Society.

Last week I found myself reading the harrowing account of a day in the life of a Family and Community Services caseworker in the Herald. I only made it to ”10am” before I had to stop. The memories of my time as a front-line child protection worker came flooding back.

I did that job for four years in the 1980s – and then moved on to work as a child and family counsellor in community health and in non-government organisations, and eventually in the management of these services.

Those early years spent in frontline child protection have left their mark, and I am passionate about promoting the well-being of children and families, especially those most vulnerable because of disadvantage.

Everyone agrees that more needs to be done to protect children at risk of serious harm, but so far in the recent debate in NSW no one has asked: Why are there 60,000 children in our community whose lives are so dangerous at home that they need child protection services to monitor them?

Child Protection Week next week offers us the opportunity to face up to an uncomfortable reality: that we have created a system that relies on sending more and more ambulances to the bottom of the cliff, instead of building a fence at the top of the cliff to keep kids safe. The truth is that there will never be ”enough” child protection workers if we expect them to do all the heavy lifting and we wait until the damage is done before anyone acts.

Read full article in Sydney Morning Herald