National Child Protection Week

1 -7th September is National Child Protection Week. The week is about celebrating the many ways – big and small – that everyone in the community can make a difference in the life of a child.

Children do best when life is on an even keel and their parents have the support they need. By being kind to parents, supporting family-friendly policies, and building connected communities, we’re all helping to give Australia’s children the best start in life.

Most importantly, we need to recognise that parenting is like sailing a boat; it takes skill and practice, anyone can encounter rough waters from time to time, and we can all do our bit to help build the safe harbours and lighthouses that all families need.

National Child Protection Week is a campaign held annually across Australia to raise awareness of child abuse prevention. The National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) began this initiative in 1990. The aim of the week is to engage all members of the community to ‘Play a Part’ in improving child wellbeing and keep children safe in Australia.

NAPCAN advocates for the rights of children and young people. We know that the only way to keep children and young people safe from harm is to stop abuse before it occurs and prevent them from entering the statutory child protection system. We know that ‘primary prevention’ is the best option for children, for families, for communities, and for government budgets.

Primary prevention of child abuse is defined as any intervention that prevents child abuse from occurring, including strategies such as:

  • building strong communities where everyone understands their role in protecting children
  • valuing children and advocating for their rights, and for their voices to be heard
  • expanding and improving coordination of social services
  • supporting families
  • educating families about child behavior, discipline, safety and development
  • creating organisations that are child safe and child friendly.

NAPCAN makes a significant contribution to the wellbeing of Australia’s children and young people by raising the awareness of child abuse and neglect in Australia, and promoting and implementing effective prevention strategies and programs, including professional development and respectful relationships education.

As a Child Safe organisation, Monash Health supports National Child Protection Week and encourages staff to learn more from the following links

National Child Protection Week – NAPCAN

Bravehearts | Australia’s Leading Child Protection Organisation

This week the Monash Children’s Grand Round will be about Child Protection and Healthcare, 12:30pm 5th September 2019 in the Lecture Theatre, Department of Paediatrics, Monash University, L5, MCH.