Protecting children is everyone’s business
The St Vincent de Paul Society believes every child deserves a safe place to live and to learn. We join with the community in marking Child Protection Week 2014 (September 7-13).
For over 20 years NAPCAN has been running an annual National Child Protection Week campaign developing multimedia, visual and text resources to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of primary prevention to reduce child abuse and neglect in Australia.
The key messages for NCPW 2014 continue to be ‘Protecting Children is Everyone’s Business’ and ‘Play Your Part’. Please help us spread the word about National Child Protection Week to your family, friends and community – share with each other how your community is keeping children and young people safe.
Advocating for change
All children deserve to live with dignity. This means not only freedom from abuse and neglect, but also access to decent housing, healthcare, and education.
The St Vincent de Paul Society remains deeply concerned an estimated 600,000 children are living below the poverty line in Australia today with many of these come from families surviving on meagre income support payments such as the Newstart Allowance.
Our researchers also regularly provide submissions or reports to government and independent inquiries on matters concerning children’s health and safety, as well as the provision of education in Australia. The most recent submissions include those to:
- Submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission’sNational Inquiry into Children in Detention conducted in May 2014.
- Welcoming the appointment of Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner
- Support for a National Working With Children Safety Check
- Read our submission to the most recent Inquiry into School Funding and the subsequent Senate report handed down on July 9, 2014.
Find out more about Vinnies work with children go to the Our Impact section on this website.
NAPCAN Child Protection Week resources:
- Keeping Children Safe from Sexual Abuse
- Listening to Children
- Parent’s Guide to Online Safety
- Boosting Children’s Confidence
For more information on Child Protection Week 2014 visit http://napcan.org.au/ncpw/