National Child Protection Week: Jump Up and Down 4 Kids

Published: Wednesday 9th September 2015

Message from Associate Vice-Chancellor (ACT/NSW) Professor Marea Nicholson: This week is National Child Protection Week running from 2 to 12 September. The week provides the opportunity to raise awareness of how we can play a role in keeping children safe.

On Tuesday 8 September ACU Strathfield staff and students were involved in the Jump Up and Down 4 Kids project being spearheaded by the Catholic Education Office (CEO) Sydney.

The project is a social media campaign driven by the knowledge that there are over 200 children currently being held in immigration detention in Australian onshore and offshore centres, and the impact that this detention is having on their young lives.

There have been three significant reports: The Forgotten Children Report from the Australian Human Rights Commission, The Moss Review and as recently as this week, a Senate Enquiry, all highlighting that these children are at high risk of harm including physical, psychological and sexual abuse. 

ACU staff and students at the Strathfield campus were invited to participate in a music video clip to help promote the anthem of the campaign, Jump, a professionally written and recorded song performed by X Factor finalist Jacinta Gulisano.

Filmed on the ACU Strathfield campus site participants were led by a choreographer in simple dance movements. The video clip aims to reflect that the community, from all walks of life, are behind the campaign, jumping up and down for children’s rights. The feel of the video is intended to be light-hearted without making the message lightweight.

Around 30 staff and students participated with academics donning their academic dress for the video.

I would like to encourage staff and students who share this idea that children do not belong in immigration detention, to show their support for this campaign. Further information can be found on the campaign’s Facebook page here.