Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /home/napcanor/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/themes/starkers-master/page-news.php on line 25

Please click here to view the interview which includes Maureen Moran, NAPCAN’s National Manager Learning and Development.

John Elferink
Minister for Children and Families

Everyone has a role in child protection

7 September 2014

Minister for Children and Families John Elferink says National Child Protection Week is a good time to reflect on everyone’s role in child protection.

“National Child Protection Week reminds us that caring for and protecting children is a responsibility we all share,” Minister Elferink said.

“While many families successfully care for their children, there are some families, which for a variety of reasons, cannot or do not look after their children.

“These families need a variety of responses and support, and only by working together can we achieve better outcomes for children and families.”

A number of events are taking place across the Northern Territory for Child Protection Week, including a gala dinner in Alice Springs on Thursday 11 September and the annual breakfast launch in Darwin on Tuesday 9 September.

Minister Elferink will officially launch the week and open the breakfast, alongside National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell who will deliver a keynote speech.

“Once again, the Northern Territory Government has partnered with NAPCAN to co-host the breakfast event which is always well attended and embraced as a networking opportunity,” the Minister said.

National Child Protection Week is from 7 to 13 September.

Link to press release here.

NAPCAN stands with White Ribbon to end violence against women and their children. With more than one million Australian children affected by domestic violence, a recognised form of child abuse, it is vital we all play our part to prevent it.

We congratulate White Ribbon on their successful White Ribbon Day campaign on 25th November, which included over 500 events across the country.

Research has shown that children who have been exposed to intimate partner abuse have an increased risk of mental health issues as well as behavioural and learning difficulties.

Gender based violence impacts all Australians.

A commitment to ending violence against women is a commitment to ensuring that women, children and men live in safety free from all forms of violence.

To find out more about the White Ribbon campaign or get involved go to http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/

 

IMG_2186
A great turn out for the White Ribbon Day march in Darwin, NT.

NAPCAN congratulates Ellen Poyner, who has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to conduct further research and investigation into family violence and sexual assault prevention programs and evaluations.

Ellen hopes to gain insight into and practical application of:

  • Different approaches to program development, including with Indigenous communities that align with best practice;
  • Innovative evaluations which measure impact and gather qualitative feedback;
  • Processes for building partnerships  between schools and violence prevention organisations.

Ellen, who is one of our Senior Project Officers and Trainers in the Northern Territory and South Australia, will undertake this research in the United States and Canada; aiming to learn from leading organisations who have experience in cross-cultural program development with Indigenous communities and implement this learning in Australia.

We look forward to Ellen’s findings.

Once again, congratulations Ellen from the entire NAPCAN team, we are very proud of you!

** Ellen is pictured with His Excellency Rear Admiral The Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR.

We thank you for your contribution throughout the year as we work together to empower communities to value and support children to live free from violence, abuse and neglect.

Over the holiday season we encourage you to reach out and connect with the children and young people in your community. Holidays can be a stressful time so check in with families and offer to lend a hand or an ear to those in your network or neighbourhood.

Be someone who listens to children because communities matter.

Thank you for playing your part in 2014, we look forward to sharing our work with you in 2015. Our offices will re-open on 5 January 2015.

Warm regards

The NAPCAN Team

Sophie from the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance, Teresa Scott, NAPCAN President and Leesa Waters, Deputy CEO with Kelly Banister, Australian Women’s Health Network CEO at the launch of the Our Watch campaign.

BRJGNDCPX_1918x1280

Teresa Scott, NAPCAN President and Leesa Waters, Deputy CEO with the Multi Mix Mob, NSW Play Your Part Award Recipients for 2012 at the launch of the Our Watch campaign. Still inspiring people around them. Well done!

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is held annually to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their strengths, and their connections to culture, as well as to acknowledge the efforts of all those who work with our children and families.

In 2014, SNAICC, the National peak body for Aboriginal Children is asking for your help to draw attention to issues around the wellbeing and protection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and highlight the crucial role that culture plays in keeping them safe.

Each year SNAICC produces and sends out resources to help organisations, services, schools and communities celebrate this very special day in their own way.  This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific and mainstream services, organisations and other bodies.

The 2014 Theme

The theme in 2014 is Kids in Culture – Strong, Proud, Resilient.

The theme aims to:

  • Celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their strengths and their connections to culture, and
  • Draw attention to the wellbeing and protection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and highlight the crucial role that culture plays in keeping children safe.

We all want our children to grow up safe and healthy in a close connection with their family and culture.

However, today Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are ten times more likely to be in out-of-home care than non-Aboriginal children.  In fact, since the 1997 inquiry into the forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families (Stolen Generations), child removal has increased by 400 percent.

That is why SNAICC has decided that this year’s Children’s Day will be all about celebrating the importance of connection to culture plays in a child’s safety, development and wellbeing.  To make the most of their opportunities Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children must be able to stand proud and tall in their identity.

For information and to order resources, visit the SNAICC website.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held around the country each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAPCAN encourages all Australians to share and acknowledge the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the nation. Let us join together to celebrate the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week 2014 (6-13 July).

National NAIDOC Committee co-chairs Anne Martin and Ben Mitchell said “This year’s theme Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have served with honour and pride in Australia’s military conflicts and engagements across the globe.”

The week will conclude with the presentation of the National NAIDOC Awards at a ceremony and ball event on the Gold Coast on Friday 11 July.

The awards recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions made by Indigenous artists, scholars, sportspeople, Elders and community members across the country. There are 10 award categories, including the Person of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award. Tickets for the event are now sold out but you can catch the broadcast on NITV on Saturday 19 July at 7:30 pm AEST.

For more information on NAIDOC Week and to find out what events are taking place near you, visit www.naidoc.org.au.

2-6 June 2014

Stay Smart Online Week,  formerly National Cyber Security Awareness Week, aims to help Australians using the internet – whether at home, the workplace or school – understand the simple steps they can take to protect their personal and financial information online.

The 2014 Stay Smart Online Week is the seventh consecutive annual event conducted by the Australian Government in partnership with industry, the community sector and all levels of government.

This year’s theme – ‘On The Go’ – reflects the importance of staying safe and secure online while using mobile devices when social networking, banking, shopping, and navigating the internet.

A range of activities are taking place around Australia, including seminars, industry events and community activities which you can attend or participate online.

Find an event near you in the 2014 Events Calendar.

FamiliesWeek

20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family

The 2014 theme is ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Communities’.

The aim of National Families Week 2014 – the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family – is to celebrate the vital role that families play in Australian society.  The 2014 theme is ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Communities’.  

This year’s theme highlights the important role families play as the central building block of our communities and that community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing.

National Families Week is a time to celebrate with your family, make contact with your extended family and friends, and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community.  It is a time to celebrate the meaning of family and to make the most of family life.

For more information go to Families Australia.