National Child Protection Week (Sunday 2 September – Saturday 8 September) is an opportunity for government, business and community to come together to promote the safety and wellbeing of children.
The enduring message of National Child Protection Week is ‘Protecting children is everyone’s business’ and urges all Australians to ‘Play Your Part’.
A key message of the week is ‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’. Research tells us that a strong community is important for children and helps them to thrive and be safe.
As part of this important week Professor Daryl Higgins, Director of ACU's Institute of Child Protection Studies, will be speaking at events in Canberra and Darwin.
2018 National Child Abuse Prevention Forum
3 September, Canberra, ACT
By the time a child experiences physical or mental abuse, multiple opportunities to prevent it have been missed. What are these opportunities? How do we recognise and act on them? How does primary prevention work? Whose job is it to keep our kids safe? Explore these issues at a national forum that will also launch 2018's National Child Protection Week.
Any amount of child abuse is too much: it hurts the individual, it hurts the family and it hurts the community - with huge emotional, social and financial costs that can last for generations. The good news, however, is that child abuse can be prevented if we all play our part. Why then is there still so little talk about the things we can do to create communities that support families and children - before problems arise? Why is the topic of primary prevention still largely missing from conversations about child abuse and neglect? And, when prevention is mentioned, why is it still so often confused with early intervention?
This National Child Protection Week (2-8 September) NAPCAN, with the support of the Northern Territory Government, is excited to invite you to join the conversation about prevention.