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National Child Protection Week 2017: How you can play your part.

This week is National Child Protection Week.

A national initiative by NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse) to rally communities across Australia together to take decisive and positive action to protect children and prevent child abuse.

This NCPW is a great opportunity to think about ways you can take action as an individual, but also collectively, as part of a broader community.

We all have a part to play in protecting children, and in creating safe, secure and inclusive spaces for all children to be able to learn, grow and develop.

When the community creates and fosters awareness of child abuse, we can prevent children from falling within the cracks. This will pave the way to creating a space of safety and protection where children can learn, grow and develop into healthy, happy, contributing members of society.

Here are some ways you can get involved this NCPW 2017:

  • Get involved in your local community centre. Community centres across the nation may be holding workshops and events local to your area which you can be a part of. Check out NAPCAN events listings to find the event closest to you here.
  • Organise an event for your community, friends or even within your family – morning tea, a fund raiser, an evening in with loved ones and friends to discuss what actions each person can take, children’s activity or family day.
  • Be mindful that your actions and behaviours are observed by the kids around you – your kids, your nieces and nephews, or your neighbour’s kids. You may work in a school or an organisation where you come across children frequently. You may even be a teacher or a tutor. Make it a point to remember that your words and actions can make an impact on the children you interact with and try to be positive in your thoughts, words and actions.
  • Take the time to get to know your neighbours and their families. Give them a helping hand by keeping a watchful eye on their kids. Offer to help out, or just give them a reassuring smile when you pass one another. Create a ‘welcome’ pack for new neighborurs¬†or even start a¬†local charity drive or neighbourhood initiative to rally the community together.
  • Don’t be a passive bystander when you feel things are ‘off’ or wrong. If you see or spot signs of abuse or neglect, or if a child you know is acting strangely, withdrawn or distressed, find safe and respectful ways to raise the alarm. Speak to a child expert, the police, or call the National Child Abuse Hotline on 1800 99 10 99 for information as to what to do in such an event.
  • Learn about what services and resources are available if a child needs help, or if you need to support others when they need help. This will enable you to be empowered to take decisive action.



The key takeaway is that every small action can lead to a positive and productive outcome for children and it can all start with you.

Whether you are a business owner, a grandparent, a carer, a teacher or a young person, there are many ways you can empower yourself and the children around you this NCPW.

Find out more on NAPCAN’s Play Your Part website.



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