National Child Protection Week 2019
National Child Protection Week is coordinated by NAPCAN starting on Father’s Day on the first Sunday of September. The aim of the week is to engage members of the community in supporting families and protecting children.
In 2019 National Child Protection Week focus on introducing a ‘child development’ communication frame to promote the messages that:
- Kids do well when parents are supported
- To raise thriving kids, parents need support to navigate life’s choppy waters
The national association organising the week has called on Australians to put children first and give parents the support they need to do the important job of raising children. NAPCAN – the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect – says surprising findings from recent research with almost 8,000 Australians suggests giving ‘good parenting’ advice often has the opposite effect, with vulnerable parents not seeking assistance when they feel stigmatised.
“Our language around parenting can at times be very judgmental, but we know confident parents with strong networks helps their children to thrive, so we need to focus on the best ways to support families,” says Lesley Taylor, National Prevention Strategies, NAPCAN.
The National Child Protection Week campaign this year likens the journey of bringing up children to sailing a boat.
“For healthy development, children need life to be on an even keel as much as possible. But for families with challenges like poverty or stress, raising children can be like trying to sail through rough waters. We need to create safe harbours for all parents.”
Creating these safe harbours is a valuable investment in prevention, before abuse and neglect occurs. With recent research suggesting that as many as 1 in 4 Australian children are subject to abuse or neglect, NAPCAN says all of the community can play a part in getting better outcomes for kids.
“When the narrative in community is to blame parents we are robbing them and their children of the chance to thrive. Parenting is the key to unlocking children’s potential, so we need to collectively support parents, realise the many circumstances families must navigate, and help ensure they can find those safe havens in a storm.”
National Child Protection Week Q&A Forum, Adelaide
Putting children first: Changing the way we frame parenting to improve child wellbeing in Australia
- Friday 6 September 2019 | 9:30am – 1pm
- Location | Ball Room, Hilton Adelaide, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide
- CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS
National Child Protection Week is from 1-7 September and involves community events all around Australia.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the NAPCAN website.
What: National Child Protection Week
When: 1-7 September 2019
Where: Australia wide
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