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2017 NCPW Posters are here!

Poster 1: ‘Stronger communities, safer children’

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.”

 

Poster 2: ‘The little things you do today… matter to a child’s tomorrow’

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!

To download this information as a PDF and for more information on how you can Play Your Part, click here

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Artwork competition for kids and teens

ARTWORK COMPETITION
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?

  • The winner will receive a $200 gift voucher!
  • We also have four $50 gift vouchers for the runners up.
  • You’ll also get credit wherever your artwork is mentioned.

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:

  • Listening to children’s ideas and opinions
  • Things adults can do to support children and young people
  • What a safe community looks like to you
  • Ways to help families who need it
  • Activities and places that are important to children and young people
  • People in your community who you can turn to for help
  • How to get help if you need it
  • What you like most about your neighbourhood

HOW DO I ENTER?

  • Draw or paint your artwork on A3 paper (can be landscape or portrait).
  • Your artwork should use pictures rather than words (if you need a few words, that’s ok but no more than four please).
  • Your artwork should follow the theme outlined above and should be a positive image (i.e. not mean or scary).
  • Email a digital photo of your artwork to Madelene.McGrath@napcan.org.au with the subject ‘NCPW 2017 Artwork’. Make sure you keep the original of your artwork because we will need it if you win a prize.

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:
Madelene McGrath
National Stakeholder Manager
Mobile: 0408 914971
Email: Madelene.McGrath@napcan.org.au

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Vātsalyam: South Asian Expressions of Parenting Love

Press release: Vātsalyam: South Asian Expressions of Parenting Love

Third Space Productions, with sponsorship and support from the Community Migrant Resource Centre (Northern Sydney Region), SAHELI/SEVA and NAPCAN are proud to announce the launch of our film, Vatsalayam, an honest and heartwarming exploration of parenting amongst South Asian migrant communities in Australia.

Vatsalyam, or ‘parenting love’ is a Malayalam term which encapsulates the special, celebratory relationship that exists between parents, particularly the mother, and the child in South Asian communities.

The film directed by Amrit Versha, will be launched during Parramasala, on 11th March 2017 at the Riverside Theatre. Vatsalyam weaves together a collage of stories depicting how South Asian parents and grandparents draw on, and adapt, traditional cultural practices in raising their children in Australia.

Led by prominent South Asian academics, community workers and advocates this film has emerged from several years of community development work. In making this film, we show the importance of culture in building stronger families and communities.

A message which resonates throughout the film is that the South Asian diaspora in Australia is changing and that migration strongly influences the way children are raised across generations. Whilst South Asian communities share many common rituals and practices that celebrate motherhood and a child’s early years, cross cultural activities around everyday parenting are extremely diverse. Significant celebrations mark milestones and are powerful expressions of love towards both the mother and child.

Even in western medicine, there is now a greater acknowledgement of the biological, social and cultural influences on the mother-infant dyad, the role of psychosocial support in the perinatal period, and that early influences on the infant have long lasting consequences for health and wellbeing in later life.

Dr Roanna Gonsalves, academic and author of ‘The Permanent Resident’, will launch the film at 2pm on Saturday 11th March 2017 at the Parramatta Riverside Theatre. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with some leading South Asians and followed by a cultural performance.