NAPCAN Training Calendar

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Respectful Relationships

Read about NAPCANs whole-of-school approach to the prevention of relationship violence.
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All Children Being Safe

All Children Being Safe is an innovative Early Primary School protective behaviours program based on storytelling.
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Play Your Part

Play your part in creating a child friendly community. Research has shown that the best way to prevent child abuse and neglect is by building stronger communities.

Northern Territory Programs

Information about NAPCANs child abuse prevention Community Workshops being held in the Northern Territory including dates, locations and registration.

Love Bites

The Love Bites program is based on best practice standards for education programs as recommended by the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearing House.
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Aboriginal Girls Circle (AGC)

The Aboriginal Girls Circle (AGC) supports and encourages Aboriginal girls aged 12-16 to play an active part in their communities and the wider Australian community.

Child Safe Organisations Training

Child Safe Organisations Training - Tasmania

As new legislation sees Working With Children Registration rolled out across Tasmania, it is essential for organisations to know how to implement and maintain all practices required to conduct activities that are child safe and child friendly.

Mandatory Reporter Training

Mandatory Reporting & Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

NAPCAN's Mandatory Reporter training is currently run in Tasmania and the Northern Territory but is also available in other states and territories upon request. Please phone NAPCAN's Head Office on (02) 8073 3300 for more information.

Aboriginal Girls Circle

The AGC program is based in the Circle Solutions principles of respect, agency, positivity, inclusion, democracy and safety.

Circles provide a space in which young people can develop and learn awareness and understanding of their social and emotional needs and skills. Amongst other things, they learn about positive communication, taking responsibility for themselves and others, setting targets and conflict resolution. Most of the activities in Circles are presented as non-competitive games and are not reliant on academic ability. Students often engage enthusiastically with the learning and love the opportunity to discuss issues. Circles are never used to address incidents - there is no naming or blaming. Circles are taking place in schools across Australia and where facilitated according to the principles teachers are seeing positive outcomes in relationships, engagement with learning, resilience and behaviour across both primary and secondary sectors. Download the research article at the bottom of this page.

The AGC begins with discussion with community elders - without their support nothing is sustainable. We have been very fortunate in having very active support from elders in our pilot site in Dubbo.

The first activity takes place at a residential camp. This is where the girls begin to connect with each other and think about their lives, their communities and their futures. By the end of the residential they will have had lots of fun but also identified an issue they would like to address for the following year. So far the girls have chosen cultural awareness, what hurts and heals in racism, friendship and fighting and indigenous health - with a specific focus on diabetes. They have interviewed community and family members, made powerpoint presentations, constructed a book, developed a play and dance and have begun to plan an expo.

The older girls, having completed their in-school projects, move onto a service learning project in the community. This aspect of the AGC has only recently been initiated.

Dr Sue Roffey provides Circle Solutions training to teachers and community service providers, including those participating in the AGC.
Listen to a radio interview with Dr Roffey about it here.

Over the first 12 months of the program 2010-2011, all key stakeholders, i.e. the participants, teachers, community members and elders reported a positive impact on the girls in terms of their participation and increased confidence.

The University of Western Sydney has been involved in a research partnership project to determine the specific effects of the AGC for participants' resilience, wellbeing and connectedness, investigate and track the development of culturally appropriate tools and methods, and evaluate the relative effectiveness of various components of the program. This research has been funded by the Origin Foundation and is now in its final stages. The interim report has identified some clear positives alongside an awareness of sustainability issues. A copy of the research report can be downloaded by clicking on the PDF below.

The AGC program offers interested organisations or individuals the opportunity to help young Aboriginal women play a part in shaping their futures through Circle sponsorship, developing a trainer program and rolling this out further.

Watch this photo-film to see how the AGC connects high school girls, gives them a voice, grows leaders and 'solutionaries'.

To find out more, please contact: madelene.mcgrath@napcan.org.au

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Love Bites

LOVE BITES is an extremely successful school-based Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault prevention program that evolved on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Love Bites is based on best practice standards for education programs as recommended by the Federal Government funded Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearing House and other leading academics in the area of violence against women.

Over 100,000 high school students throughout Australia have participated in this interactive and innovative program aimed at 14-16yr olds. Over 4000 workers and teachers have been trained in NSW.

LOVE BITES promotes an integrated partnership approach to prevention and generates local ownership of the program. Local service providers facilitate the Love Bites program. Professionals such as sexual assault workers, domestic violence workers, youth workers and police can facilitate the program. The Love Bites manual and two day training provides everything you need to start up LOVE BITES in your local schools.

The LOVE BITES program consists of two interactive education workshops on Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault followed by creative workshops that consolidate the information from the morning.

Male and female facilitators present the program as a team and LOVE BITES consistently models respectful relationships between male and female students, teachers and workers. The artworks and other work created in the creative sessions are the basis for local campaigns to challenge Violence against Women in their community. This campaign is led by and delivered by young people.

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Northern Territory Programs

Mandatory Reporting & Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect - PLAY YOUR PART

Participants will learn key skills in identifying and responding to concerns regarding the safety and wellbeing of children including:

  • Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect – rights and responsibilities
  • Risk and Protective Factors in children, families and communities
  • Key Child Abuse Prevention Strategies
  • Local, national and international tools to engage and support vulnerable families
  • Overview of additional Training available through NAPCAN
  • Tools and Resources to Prevent Child Abuse & Neglect - Engaging Vulnerable Kids and Families

Participants will learn about key tools and resources to work with children and families including:

  • Local, national and international tools to engage and support vulnerable families
  • Key Child Abuse Prevention Strategies
  • Brief overview of Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect – rights and responsibilities
  • Overview of additional Training available through NAPCAN
  • Information Sharing Workshop

Participants will learn about key changes to the Care and Protection of Children Act 2007 around the sharing of information including:

  • What information sharing is
  • How it will impact your work
  • Who can share information
  • What type of information should be shared
  • How it impacts on your existing obligations such as mandatory reporting
  • Consent confidentiality
  • Recording of information
  • Resources available to assist with implementing the new changes to your workplace

To find out dates of available training contact NAPCAN at nt@napcan.org.au or phone us on 08 89 422 254.

Play Your Part

Play your part in creating a child friendly community. Research shows that one of the best ways to prevent child abuse and neglect, before it starts, is by building child friendly communities that support and value children and families.

The Play Your Part initiative is a local community engagement strategy that aims to prevent child abuse and neglect through the creation of child friendly communities.

Underpinning the service delivery of Play Your Part are the ‘building blocks’ within the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre model that 1. are directly linked to primary prevention of child abuse and neglect; and 2. actively promote and support the right of every young citizen to:

  • Play your part: be included in decisions, freedom to join with others, freedom to express themselves and freedom to receive information
  • Reach their potential: the right to the things needed to develop as best as they can, including education, family, culture and identity
  • Live well: the right to survival includes all the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, health and an appropriate standard of living
  • Be free from harm: children and young people are protected from violence, abuse, neglect, economic exploitation, torture, abduction and prostitution.

Through the development of resources and the provision of community education and advocacy, the Play Your Part program provides knowledge and support around giving children a voice, safeguarding children, creating safe places and spaces for children, practical parenting tools and community partnerships.

There are small things that communities and individuals can do everyday to help children grow, prosper and live in a safer and happier environment

To find out more, please contact the QLD office on 07 3287 3533 or qld@napcan.org.au .

Funded by the Queensland Government.


All Children Being Safe

ALL CHILDREN BEING SAFE (ACBS) is a preschool and early primary school protective behaviours program developed to provide children (aged 4-8 years) with non-threatening ways to help them feel strong and stay safe in their communities. The program explores safety messages with children using bush animal stories (dingo, kangaroo, echidna, kookaburra, koala and king parrot). Stories are told about the animals and are supported with learning activities, art/craft, drama and music.

The stories and activities help children identify safe/unsafe feelings, people and places. ACBS encourages children to talk with trusted people who will support them. ACBS is a multi-lessoned program run in preschools and primary schools.

NAPCAN delivers a one day All Children Being Safe training. The training includes protective behaviours theory and an overview of the program. The day also provides opportunities to practice the activities and tips to embed the messages in the classroom.

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To learn more about All Children Being Safe please contact NAPCAN Head Office on (02) 8073 3300 or on contact@napcan.org.au.


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Respectful Relationships

NAPCAN works alongside communities to strengthen their capacity to support children and young people to have healthy and respectful relationships.

NAPCAN has capacity to implement and support respectful relationships programming and child abuse and neglect prevention strategies and programs in schools (preschools, primary and high schools) and out-of-school settings, in partnership with communities across Australia.

NAPCAN works with communities to develop a sustainable, localised, whole of community, respectful relationship programs and strategies aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect.

Please also see our Whole of School Respectful Relationships Educational Resource Brochure.



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