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This year we are celebrating Children’s Week with the theme taken from the United Nations Charter on the Rights of the Child Article 12:

“You have the right to speak and be heard”

Children’s Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia during the fourth week in October. A diverse range of events and activities are organised at National, State and Local levels. These focus the attention of the wider community on children, their needs and achievements.

NAPCAN would like to invite people in the Northern Territory to participate in Children’s Week by providing an activity, workshop or entertainment for children in your community around this year’s theme.

A range of resources are available, which highlight ways in which we can show children they are being heard and to support children to speak, participate and make decisions.

The United Nations Convention on the rights of the child and child’s right to speak posters are available (hard copy) for organisations to display. The official Children’s Week poster provides a space for your local events to be advertised.

For support and ideas for Children’s Week 2014 and to register your event, please contact greta.enbom@napcan.org.au.

To download the Children’s Week poster on which you can advertise your event, please click here.

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews has applauded the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) for its work in striving for child safety and wellbeing.

Mr Andrews has used an event for National Child Protection Week to thank NAPCAN for encouraging government, politicians, families and the community to work together to address child safety in their own neighbourhoods.

“As a nation, we need to take a stand on behalf of children who are harmed by violence, abuse and neglect,” he said.

“Effective community engagement is important if we are to tackle this scourge and National Child Protection Week is a significant part of our efforts towards this goal.”

NAPCAN established National Child Protection Week (7-13 September) in 1993 to promote child wellbeing and safety as a community responsibility and raise awareness about child abuse and neglect.

NAPCAN’s motto “protecting children is everyone’s business” is also a key objective of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children.

Mr Andrews said NAPCAN has been a strong supporter of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children and has worked hard to strengthen community awareness of this important issue.

“I am pleased my Department is continuing to support NAPCAN in this role,” he said.

“It’s been estimated that the annual cost of child abuse in Australia was $4 billion in 2007 and my department’s research shows that Australia would save $5.4 billion per annum as a result of improved family functioning.

“Strong family relationships and an empowered civil society, gives us the best chance to prevent problems before they occur and to intervene early to stop them from worsening.

“To this end, the Government’s focus will remain on how we can further strengthen family relationships and parenting skills and work with civil society.”

Link to the Ministers press release here

The 2014 National Child Protection Week campaign was launched at an afternoon tea hosted by Their Excellencies, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove. The week officially commences on Sunday 7th September and runs until Saturday 13th September. NAPCAN acknowledges the Governor General’s leadership in supporting this campaign.

“It is our absolute responsibility to nurture and care for our children. We must protect and encourage them, and we must do all we can to ensure their happiness and wellbeing as they grow and learn. This is why I passionately support the work of NAPCAN and today I am pleased to join with them in raising awareness of National Child Protection Week,” said Sir Peter Cosgrove.

At the event the Governor General presented two of the national NAPCAN Play Your Part Awards to White Ribbon Australia for their Breaking the Silence Schools program and Wollongong City Council for their Child Friendly Cities Initiative. The rest of the Play Your Part Awards will be presented at events organised nationally in each State and Territory over the next week.

National Child Protection Week aims to educate Australians about the many ways in which they can share ideas to create positive change, whether it is through participating in an organised initiative, hosting an event in the local community, or simply being someone who listens to children.

Read about the 2014 Play Your Part Award recipients or look up a National Child Protection Week event in your community.

Photo: The Minister for Community Services, Kevin Andrews and Senator Catryna Bilyk with NAPCAN’s CEO Richard Cooke, Deputy CEO Leesa Waters and Guest Speaker Kris Teece.

The Hon. Kevin Andrews, Minister for Social Services called on Australian Parliamentarians this morning to play their part for the children and young people in their communities leading into National Child Protection Week.

A special PACAN (Parliamentarians Against Child Abuse and Neglect) event, convened by Senator Catryna Bilyk and the Hon. Ken Wyatt MP in partnership with NAPCAN was held this morning. Guest speaker Kris Teece spoke about the challenges she faced in her childhood and the positive impact different people had on her life, demonstrating that communities matter and can influence a child’s life outcomes by playing their part.


The 2014 National Child Protection Week posters are here, and our subscribers should be receiving their packages this week – if they haven’t already received them!  If you haven’t yet registered, and would like to receive our resources and other communication each year, please click here to do so.  To see the posters online, head to our Resource Hub.

If you have received your resources pack, and would like more sent out to you, please contact us by calling (02) 8073 3300 or emailing us at NCPW@napcan.org.au.


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/


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