4 - 10 September is National Child Protection Week. UnitingCare West values children and their safety and wellbeing. With over 37 programs in operation, UCW runs a range of programs that work in the area of Child Protection. At UCW we know that protecting children is everyone’s business.
UCW programs that work directly in the area of Child Protection are:
National Child Protection Week invites all people living in Australia to play their part to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. As mentioned, “Protecting children is everyone’s business.”
Launching on Father’s Day every year National Child Protection Week, now in its 26th year, supports and encourages the safety and wellbeing of Australian children and families through the Play Your Part Awards, events, programs and resources.
As part of National Child Protection Week, UCW are involved in a range of public events, activities ad networking opportunities, where we will be raising awareness of the programs that we operate, how they can be accessed and the vital role we play in strengthening the communities we work in.
You can find us at these two community events during the week:
DCPFS Child Protection Week Event, Medina Hall, 8 September 2016
In addition, UCW is working to raise awareness with our staff and volunteers and Child Protection Week information packs are being distributed to all of our sites so that posters and information can be available to people using and visiting our sites.
National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect’s (NAPCAN) campaign aims to provide communities and individuals with practical information on how to ‘Play Your Part’ and to embed primary prevention messages into social discourse. It also provides a platform for communities to be empowered, resourced and mobilised to take action at a local level.
This year NAPCAN encourages you to build on “Protecting Children is Everyone’s Business: Play Your Part” by focussing on the theme ‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’. This theme emphasises the importance and value of connected communities in keeping children and young people safe and well. The NAPCAN website has lot of resources that are available to use. You can find them on the resource hub page.
Communities in which children are seen and heard, where their participation is valued and where their families can get the support they need are stronger communities which contribute to keeping children safe and well.
Have the conversations around how you can play your part!
Child Protection Week 2016
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