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The Play Your Part Awards recognise organisations and individuals who are working to create safer, healthier and happier environments for children.

We all have a part to play in keeping children safe and well, and we would love to hear about some of the inspiring primary prevention activities you, or others, are doing in your community.

Initiatives that reduce children’s risk of experiencing abuse and neglect are not always easy to identify, but are the kinds of activities that help keep kids safe and provide them with communities where they can thrive. Activities such as play groups, community events and scholarships are just some examples of work that encourages positive support for children, young people and their families.

We are really excited to hear about as many different exciting projects as possible so please spread the word about the Play Your Part Awards and ensure those making a difference in your community get the recognition they deserve.

Nominations close Tuesday 4 April 2017 and the recipients of the Play Your Part Awards will be announced in National Child Protection Week, 3rd – 9th September 2017.


In partnership with the Queensland Government (Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, and the Queensland Family and Child Commission), NAPCAN will be running a series of FREE workshops throughout Queensland during 2017.

These interactive workshops will provide essential knowledge for anyone working with children or young people.

We all need to understand how we can play a part in preventing child abuse and neglect in Queensland. By attending these workshops, you will be doing your bit to help protect our children and young people.

Why should you attend NAPCAN’s FREE workshops?

  • High quality workshops
  • Run by skilled facilitators with extensive experience in child protection
  • Important knowledge for anyone working with children, directly or indirectly
  • Great for professional development and your CV
  • FREE training which would usually only be available for a fee (approx. $300 pp)
  • Workshops capped at 30 people – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
  • FREE support resources included on USB

For details about training times and locations, see NAPCAN’s online training calendar. You can search by location, by date, or by workshop type.

Workshops are open to anyone who works either directly or indirectly with children, and it is recommended that as many people as possible attend BOTH workshops, which are being run as part of a roadshow around Queensland:

  • Child Safe Organisations Workshop (for all employees/volunteers to learn about their part in creating safe organisations for children, and preventing abuse before it occurs)
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention / Mandatory Reporting Workshop (for all employees/volunteers who work with children to ensure that they understand their responsibilities in identifying and reporting abuse)

PLEASE NOTE: These workshops provide important information as part of professional development for people working with children, but are not legally required. The workshops cover the topic of mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect; HOWEVER, the workshops themselves are not mandatory.

See below for more information about the workshops:


Child Safe Organisations – Playing Your Part in Creating Child Safe Organisations

(Delivered in partnership with the Queensland Family and Child Commission)

In light of the Royal Commission we know that it is critical to embed a child safe culture into every single organisation that has anything to do with children or young people, either directly or indirectly. This means that every member of an organisation needs to understand their role in keeping children safe and preventing child abuse and neglect.

This 3-hour interactive workshop covers:

  • Background of child safe organisation development
  • Establishing and maintaining a child safe culture
  • Child inclusive practice
  • How to create child safe and friendly environments
  • Key elements of a child safe organisation
  • Introducing the more than safe sector commitment statement.  

The program also includes templates to help organisations to develop child safe policies and procedures relating to:

  • Complaints Processes
  • Code of Conduct
  • Child Safety Policies
  • Recruitment
  • Organisational Audit

Who should attend?

  • This is a brand new workshop designed to help all organisations to keep children and young people safe.
  • You should attend this workshop if you work in an organisation that deals directly or indirectly with children.
  • All members of the organisation need to attend because we all have a responsibility to help create a culture of child safety in your organisation.
  • You are encouraged to attend this workshop even if you are already attending a another NAPCAN workshop about mandatory reporting.

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention / Mandatory Reporting

This 2.5-hour interactive workshop covers essential knowledge for anyone working with children and young people, particularly those covered by mandatory reporting requirements.

Topics covered:

  • Roles and responsibilities in the prevention of child abuse and neglect
  • Legislative roles and responsibilities in relation to reporting child abuse and neglect (i.e. mandatory reporting)
  • Organisational/individual responsibility in responding to early indicators of harm and family support needs
  • Definitions of child abuse and neglect including recognising harm indicators and child/family risk and protective factors
  • How to respond to disclosures of child abuse and neglect
  • Prevention strategies and practices.

Who should attend?

  • This workshop covers essential knowledge for anyone who has anything to do with children and young people either indirectly or directly.
  • Important for all employees and volunteers.
  • If you work in early childhood education and care, you may like to attend one of the ECEC workshops also listed on this training calendar. However, if the ECEC workshops are already booked out or not in your area, please attend this workshop instead (it covers much the same content but less specific to ECEC).


To register for a free workshop, please go to NAPCAN’s online training calendar.


For more information please contact our Queensland office on:

Phone: 07 3287 3533

Email: pypqld@napcan.org.au


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Pictured: New Love Bites facilitators at the Coburg training with Anj Barker, respectful relationships advocate.

The Victorian Government recently announced $21.8 million in funding over two years to roll out respectful relationships education to every Victorian student from kindergarten to year 12.

The Respectful Relationships Education in Schools (RREiS) project was piloted in 19 Victorian high schools last year, highlighting that building gender equity into the cultural makeup of a school means looking beyond the curriculum and taking a whole of school approach.

As part of a staged process, all Victorian schools will be supported to implement the whole of school approach, which will involve looking at practices and policies relating to gender and driving meaningful cultural change.

NAPCAN began delivering Love Bites respectful relationship program training in Melbourne in 2014 and our presence in Victoria has been expanding rapidly over the past year, with requests for the Love Bites respectful relationships program at an all time high.

Two Love Bites trainings were completed in Melton and Coburg last month, which now totals six trainings completed in Melbourne the past 12 months, resulting in 79 new facilitators.

At the recent Love Bites training in Coburg, special guest Angela Barker met with the new facilitators. Angela is a passionate and inspirational young woman who after surviving a horrific domestic violence incident, advocates for respectful relationships and campaigns and educates the public on anti-violence. Anj’s story is featured as part of the Love Bites program in the DVD “Loves Me, Loves Me Not”.

NAPCAN are continuing to receive requests for Love Bites training in regional Victoria. If you are interested in attending any of these sessions, please contact Nancy Zhang at nancy.zhang@napcan.org.au.

Children’s Week was celebrated across the country last week with NAPCAN holding events in both Queensland and across the Northern Territory.

The 2016 theme for Children’s Week was “Children have the right to reliable information from the media” based on Article 17 from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Young People and the Media Q&A Forum held in Queensland was a huge success, providing a platform to discuss the portrayal of children and young people and the importance of hearing their voices in the media. The event was moderated by NAPCAN President, Teresa Scott, with a touching welcome by 11-year-old, Queensland Children’s Week Junior Ambassador, Rosie Sellars.

Our wise and entertaining panelists included Bianca Hunt (university student), Nathan Kearney (4ZZZ), Siyavash Doostkhah (Youth Affairs Network Queensland), Sharna Norman (CREATE Foundation) and Shannon Fentiman (Minister for Child Safety).

Highlights of the discussion included personal examples about damaging stereotypes in the media, and genuine concern about the recent Valuing Children Initiative Benchmark Survey which showed the top five words used by adults to describe children as: spoilt, fortunate, lazy, selfish, and vulnerable. Overall, it was heartening to hear the honest voices of young people and the respectful way that many adults are listening to their needs and recognising the role of the media.

Events for Children’s Week were also held across the Northern Territory, with a total of 13 events taking place in Darwin, Palmerston, Batchelor, Alice Springs, Humpty Doo and Yulara.

The Northern Territory launch of Children’s Week in Darwin was hosted by the Junior Police Rangers in partnership with NAPCAN. A panel of media and youth advocates was asked questions by young people from CREATE Foundation about how children and young people are portrayed in the media. The panel was chaired by the Youth Ambassador for this year’s National Foster and Kinship Care Conference, and comprised the Assistant Minister for Youth Ngaree Ah Kit, Jared Sharp who is a child rights’ lawyer from NAAJA, Felicity James, ABC newsroom journalist and Helen Davidson, NT correspondent for The Guardian. The event also featured a special performance by Upai Purri, a local Torres Strait Islander Youth Dance Troupe.

The event in Yulara invited local children, playgroup mums and bubs and families to participate in the Children’s Voices Project (read more here), asking children to draw or write what they like about their community and what they’d like to change.

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Based on Article 17 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

“Children have the right to reliable information from the media”

NAPCAN also believes that:

“Children have the right to be represented in a respectful way in the media”

NAPCAN has developed the Children’s Voices Project which can be downloaded here on our website. It provides a means of asking children what they like and would like to change in their Community. This kit provides a way to hear the voices of children and enable them to participate in meaningful decisions about their physical and social environment.

NAPCAN is also encouraging adults in the NT to consider the following questions and to talk about them with young people:

  • How are children and young people represented in the media?
  • What messages do children and young people see and see about themselves through the media?
  • How can children and young people get their voices heard in the media?
  • How can we promote children’s rights in the media?



NT Launch of Children’s Week 2016
Friday 21 October 3:30 – 5:30pm
A panel of media and youth advocates will be questioned by young people from Create Foundation, about how children and young people are portrayed in the media. Junior Police Rangers will be hosting the event in partnership with NAPCAN.  Upai Purri – a local Torres Strait Islander Youth Dance Troupe, will entertain and delight the audience. ALL WELCOME
Salvation Army Hall, cnr Lee Point Road and Yanyula Drive, Anula
RSVP/Contact: meron.looney@napcan.org.au or ring Lesley on 0409 099 581

City of Darwin Children’s Art Exhibition
Official Opening:  22 October 9:30 – 11:30am
Saturday 22 October – Friday 28 November 2016 weekdays 8:30am – 5:00pm
The exhibition provides an opportunity for local children to showcase their artistic abilities and creative pursuits.
Council Community Art Space, Civic Centre, Harry Chan Ave Darwin
Contact: 89300561 or t.sellars@darwin.nt.gov.au

Darwin Free Family Fun Morning for children birth to five years and their families
Wednesday 26 October 9:00 – 12:00 noon
Art & craft activities, Fun Bus, jumping castle, petting zoo, story-time, magic show with Hyper the clown, disco with Kevin, free give away and morning tea.
Jingili Water Gardens
Freshwater Road, Jingili
For more information: 89300561 or t.sellars@darwin.nt.gov.au

Our Time to Shine – Daly River students Art Exhibition
28 October – Opening Night 5:00 – 7:00pm
Exhibition open from 28 October to 11 November
An exhibition of works by students from St Francis Xavier School, Daly River.
Celebrating talent in Children’s Week. Proceeds from sale go to Xavier School.
Contact: Andrea Wicking, Event Director 0428 872 367 or saltyplumevents@gmail.com

Darwin Free Family Fun Afternoon for children birth to twelve years and their families
Saturday 29 October 3:00 – 6:00pm
This very popular annual family event at Darwin Waterfront with waterslide, art and craft activities, Fun in the Parks, storytelling, glitter tattoos, balloon twisting entertainment and lots more.
Darwin Waterfront, Kitchener Drive
Contact: 89 200 600 or yonique.woodford@daycaredarwin.com.au



Palmerston Children’s Week Party for children birth to five years and their families
Tuesday 25 October 9:00 – 11:00am
ALL FAMILIES WELCOME to enjoy the face painting, Jumping Castle, Blooming Tunes, animal encounters, story-time, muffin and fruit for the kids. Loads of fun things to do for all ages. Coffee available for purchase.
Palmerston Recreation Centre YMCA, The Boulevard, Palmerston
Contact: 89359922 or palmerston@palmerston.nt.gov.au

Successful Solids by OT for Kids NT
Saturday 22 October 10:00 – 11:00am
Parent workshop with information on development of eating skills, first foods and practical tools for successful start to solids.
OT for Kids NT
5/6 Woodlake Blvd, Durack
Tickets $25.00, available at successfulsolidsoct2016.eventbrite.com.au



Batchelor Oval National Children’s Week Celebration
Tuesday 25th October 9:30 – 12:00noon
Free fun activities with Smile-A-Mile Fun Bus & Toy Library, Territory Wildlife Park and Early Childhood Australia – badge making, face painting, reptiles, instamatic photos and lots more.
Batchelor Oval
Contact: 8983 2009 or toys@smileamile.org.au



Smile-A-Mile Humpty Doo Children’s Week Celebration
Thursday 27th October
Children’s Week “FARMYARD”.
Join with families from the rural area in huge amounts of fun. Enjoy the Petting Zoo, Jumping Castle, Instamatic Photos, Hobby Horse rides, face painting, jumping castle, free sausage sizzle and loads and loads of fun stuff for everyone.
Humpty Doo Village Green.
85 Challoner Circuit, Humpty Doo
Contact: Jacinta on 8983 2009 or toys@smileamile.org.au



Wet and Wild Family Fun Day
Saturday 22nd October 2:00 – 5:00pm
Come ready to get wet and colourful. There will be plenty of fun activities for the whole family, including a Family Colour Run, the NT Fire & Rescue Slippery slide, Sandcastle Competition, Face Painting, Art, Make Your Own Boat, and a Free BBQ!
Snow Kenna Park
Contact: Communities for Children on 8951 8002

Alice Springs Children’s Week Art and Photography Exhibition
Monday 24th October Exhibition Launch 4:00 – 6:00pm
Alice Springs Library
Showcasing the skills and talents of Alice Springs children.
For more information: 8951 8012 

Alice Springs Gala Dinner celebrating National Children’s Week
Friday 4th November 6:30 – 9:30pm
To celebrate Children’s Week, we are fortunate to have two guest speakers, Ms Megan Mitchell, National Children’s Commissioner and Hon Dale Wakefield Minister for Territory Families to talk about the rights of children.
Earth Sanctuary, Colonel Rose Drive, Alice Springs
Tickets: $68.00. Complimentary sparkling wine on entry. Traditional damper, gourmet BBQ buffet and sticky date pudding.
To register: Elizabeth Flynn 8951 8002
Book online: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/childrens-week-gala-dinner-tickets-28595960287


Yulara Hears the Voices of Children
Wednesday 26th October 11:00 – 9:00am 
Local children, Playgroup mums and bubs, local children and families are all welcome to participate in the Children’s Voices project asking children to draw or write what they like about their Community and what they’d like to change.
Town Square

Lesley Taylor
NT Manager, NAPCAN
0409 099 581 lesley.taylor@napcan.org.au


Please click here to download this list of events as a PDF document


Media release: 30 September 2016

National child abuse prevention agency, NAPCAN, calls on all Queenslanders to ask themselves how they can play their part in protecting all children.

The death of 12-year-old schoolgirl, Tiahleigh Palmer, is a senseless tragedy that has touched almost every Queenslander and rightfully raised feelings of anger, blame, sadness and helplessness.

But NAPCAN urges Queenslanders to move away from blame and aggressive finger-pointing and to ask ourselves ‘what can I do to play my part in protecting children?’.  

Reviews to learn from our mistakes and change how we work with children are important, but the only way we will ever keep children and young people truly safe is to prevent child abuse and neglect before it starts. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has clearly demonstrated that, in spite of organisations’ policies and procedures, perpetrators are still offending. It is clear from this that we need to move beyond formal processes and work towards changing the culture of organisations and communities to ensure that everyone plays their part in keeping children and young people safe.

The sad reality is that Tiahleigh was directly and indirectly failed by many adults during her short life; but rather than focus blame on those people, we need to ask ourselves tough questions about what we would have done, and how we can protect other vulnerable children.

NAPCAN’s National Survey in 2009 showed that less than half of the Australian community would take action to protect a child even when confronted with clear signs of abuse or neglect. This attitude can no longer be tolerated; we need to bring child abuse and neglect into the light, and actively support families, organisations and communities to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

Unfortunately, we will never be able to bring Tiahleigh back, but we can honour her memory.

We urge all Australians to honour Tiahleigh’s memory by working together to ensure that all children and young people live free from violence, abuse and neglect.  

NAPCAN is heartened to see a strong focus on prevention in the policies of the Department of Child Safety under Minister Fentiman, but warns that we can’t rely solely on government agencies to fix these problems.

If it takes a village to raise a child, then the entire village needs to accept some responsibility when a child is abused.  

How can you play your part?

Be part of your communityThe evidence tells us that social cohesion provides a protective effect for children. This means building communities where there is a sense of belonging, where people know each other, where families are supported, where children are seen and heard, and where everyone plays a part in keeping children safe.

Listen to, and believe, children – When we look at horrific cases of abuse, one of the consistent themes is the how important it is to believe children and to act. What would you do if a child confided in you?

Help to change the conversation – When talking about tragedies such as Tiahleigh’s death, we can all help to move the conversation away from blame and back to ‘what can we do to stop this from happening again?’. We need to all challenge ourselves about our own behaviour. What would I have done? Do I know enough about the signs of child abuse and neglect? How can I look out for children in my community and help to support vulnerable families?

Reach out for help – Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you, or someone you know, needs support. We are fortunate in Queensland to have a range of great hotlines and support numbers including:

  • Parentline – 1300 30 1300
  • Family and Child Connect – 13 32 64
  • Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800

For more information about how you can play your part in protecting children, visit www.napcan.org.au.

Media contact:

Helen Fogarty, Media & Communication, NAPCAN: helen.fogarty@napcan.org.au, 0410 541 997

Please contact to arrange comment/interviews with:

  • Teresa Scott, NAPCAN President, or
  • Sammy Bruderer, NAPCAN Queensland Manager


The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, (NAPCAN) was founded in 1987. NAPCAN’s mission is to support and encourage changes in individual and community behaviour to stop child abuse and neglect before it starts. NAPCAN contributes to the safety and wellbeing of Australia’s children by raising public awareness of child abuse & neglect and by developing effective prevention strategies and programs in partnership with communities.

Click here to download this media release as a PDF


Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove today launched National Child Protection Week and announced the winners of this year’s Play Your Part Awards, shining a light on some of the best work being done to combat child abuse and neglect.

Organised by the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, the awards announced at Admiralty House recognise inspiring initiatives that promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

The National Play Your Part Award for 2016 has been awarded to yourtown’s, Kids Helpline, the only 24-hour free phone and counselling service for children and young people aged five to 25.

Kids Helpline has been recognised for their work in keeping children safe, valuing and nurturing children to prevent abuse and neglect and supporting those already affected.

yourtown (formerly BoysTown) CEO, Tracy Adams, is grateful for the recognition and says they will continue to listen, protect and care for children and young people around Australia.

She says Kids Helpline started 25 years ago to ensure all children knew there was someone there for them – to listen, to protect and to care at any time.

“The service, like our young people and our communities, has seen many changes but what has not changed is the need for children and young people to be heard,” she says. “We made that promise when we started Kids Helpline and we remain committed to it. To be acknowledged for our role in protecting children and young people is something everyone involved in the service is very excited by and proud of.”

In the last year, more than 40,000 children were officially reported as suffering abuse and neglect in Australia. NAPCAN aims to prevent child abuse and neglect by assisting communities, governments, organisations and committed individuals across Australia and internationally to implement strength-based, community-led initiatives to enhance the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

During National Child Protection Week from 4-10 September, each state and territory will host its own events, including the presentation of 13 State and Territory Play Your Part Awards.

NAPCAN President Teresa Scott says the organisation’s goal is to make child protection a part of everyday life by encouraging everyone to play their part in the prevention of child abuse and neglect in children and young people. She urges all Australians to stop asking only ‘who is to blame?’ and to start asking ‘what can I do to help?’

“We’re proud of our history as an organisation, but there is so much more to be done, in light of ongoing revelations through the Royal Commission and the recent Northern Territory youth detention scandal,” she says. “We rightly need to ask, ‘what happened?’ but we also need to ask ourselves, ‘how do we stop this from happening in the first place?’ Protecting children is everyone’s business.”

“The work of our Play Your Part recipients reminds us of the fantastic work that is already happening and the need to commit ourselves to long term strategies that will prevent harm to children in the first place.”

During NCPW, a number of prevention initiatives will be launched, including the ‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’ report developed in association with the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), which outlines key findings from up-to-date research on prevention success.

The recipients of the NAPCAN Play Your Part Awards 2016 are:

National Play Your Part Awards

  • Kids Helpline, yourtown – Free and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people ages 5 to 25.

Play Your Part Awards New South Wales

  • WINGS Drop in Centre, Maari Ma Health – An after school and holiday safe haven for the children of the geographically isolated, largely Aboriginal community of Wilcannia.
  • KARI Scholarship Program – Supports the education of Aboriginal children in Western Sydney by offering scholarships to young people in year 11 and 12.

Play Your Part Awards Victoria

  • Mentoring Mums, Children’s Protection Society Assists vulnerable new mothers who might have experienced family violence, are isolated, or from a low socio-economic background and are struggling personally with caring for their baby.

Play Your Part Awards Queensland

  • Parentline, yourtown – A confidential telephone and online service that provides professional counselling, education and support for parents and carers of children and young people.
  • Deadly Dukes, PCYC Ipswich A variation of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander students.

Play Your Part Awards South Australia

  • Sarah Decrea, Relationships Australia’s Ngartuitya program – An inspiring individual who has redesigned a range of programs to be culturally appropriate and accessible to Aboriginal families in the region.
  • Know Before You Load App (Australian Council on Children and the Media) – Assists parents in finding age appropriate and enjoyable apps for their children and avoid those that promote simulated gambling behaviour.

Play Your Part Awards Western Australia

  • Safe Clubs 4 Kids coordinated by WA Sports Federation – Aims to create safe environments for children involved in sport and recreation by raising awareness, creating behaviour change and normalising the sensitive topic of child safety.

Play Your Part Awards Australian Capital Territory

  • Child Aware Local Initiative, YWCA An early intervention and prevention program that has been critical in keeping vulnerable children in the area safe through initiatives such as co-location of services.

Play Your Part Awards Tasmania

Play Your Part Awards Northern Territory

  • Smile-a-mile Toy LibraryMobile play sessions and a toy library accessible to regional and remote areas of the state.

NCPW is from 4 – 10 September and involves community events all around Australia. To find out what’s happening near you, click here.


Media Contact:  

Helen Fogarty | Helen.fogarty@napcan.org.au | 0410 541997

Sian Wright | sianw@avviso.com.au | 02 9368 7277 | 0435 857 280

As part of National Child Protection Week 2016, NAPCAN and AIFS are pleased to launch the document Stronger communities, safer children: Findings from recent Australian research on the importance of community in keeping children safe.

This document provides important information for all Australians to see how working together to build community can help to create a safer environment for all children. In particular, we urge governments and decision-makers to consider these findings in order to prioritise projects that contribute to community and focus on the prevention of abuse and neglect.

Download the NAPCAN and AIFS Stronger Communities, Safer Children paper








As part of National Child Protection Week 2016, NAPCAN launched the Children’s Voices Project as a way of encouraging local communities to engage young people in conversations and decision-making to build stronger communities.

The project includes an online information kit and printable activity sheet which provides a framework for collecting and sharing children’s ideas relating to ‘What do you like most about your local community?’ and ‘What would you change about your local community?’.

We are now inviting local communities around Australia to be part of the project by collecting children’s responses to the activity and sharing them during Children’s Week (22-30 October, 2016).

Importantly, the Children’s Voices Project is not just about collecting this information, but how we feed it back into policy making (i.e. via local Councils).

Download the Info Sheet here

Download the Activity Sheets here

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