Research is telling us that strong social cohesion in a community has a protective effect for children. Communities where children are seen and heard, where their participation is valued, and where their families can get the support they need, are stronger communities that help to keep children safe and well. We also wanted to remind families that it’s ok to ask for help; we all need to support each other if we are to build a brighter future for children. This poster features artwork by a Year 8 student from Dubbo NSW, Shannon Kassell, who has captured the concept beautifully:
My painting represents a play on words being ‘people who build up our community’. The tower with small houses and work buildings such as a hospital and school, represents the community ‘up’ therefore the people walking upwards represents the townspeople in the community. There are many indigenous and non-indigenous people, with couples, students, police and health workers to be seen, that make up our community.”
This poster reminds us that even the small things we do (e.g. smile, listen, talk, hear, play, notice) can make a difference to a child’s future. As recognised in the Federal Government’s National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020, for children to reach their full potential it’s important to consider their early development, especially in the first 1000 days. All positive experiences and relationships – no matter how small – help to positively develop the child’s brain and build strong foundations for better health and development outcomes. For a great explanation, see the video ‘How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development‘.
Having even one positive adult in a child’s life can help them overcome negative experiences and build healthy brain foundations. You can, and might already be, that one person!
NATIONAL CHILD PROTECTION WEEK 2017
(3 – 9 September 2017)
Hey kids and teens!
National Child Protection Week is all about children and young people.
So we’d love to be able to use your artwork to help us spread important messages about how our community can work together to help keep children safe.
WHAT CAN I WIN?
WHAT KIND OF ARTWORK?
The theme of National Child Protection Week is ‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’. Basically this means: ‘How do we build happy communities where everyone works together to protect children?’.
We want to see what things YOU think are most important in making your community happy and safe for children. What things should adults (parents, friends, family, teachers, volunteers, workers etc) be doing to help keep children safe from abuse and neglect?
For example you might like to draw a picture that shows:
HOW DO I ENTER?
DEADLINE: 5pm Friday 28 April 2017
WHAT IS NATIONAL CHILD PROTECTION WEEK ALL ABOUT?
National Child Protection Week (NCPW) runs from the 3rd – 9th September 2017. This is an annual campaign run by NAPCAN supported by community organisations across Australia. National Child Protection Week aims to raise awareness of children’s right to be safe and well and to encourage more adults to play their part in making this happen. During National Child Protection Week there will be lots of activities and stories about how everyone in the community can play their part in protecting children. You can find out more about National Child Protection Week on our website at www.napcan.org.au/ncpw
HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION?
If you have any questions, please contact:
National Stakeholder Manager
Mobile: 0408 914971