The theme for National Child Protection Week (4-11 September) this year is Play Your Part. It recognises the important contribution we can all make in protecting children.
We also want to take this opportunity to thank you at the frontline for playing your part. It is also a role we take seriously. Protecting children and their right to a safe and healthy life is one of the most important responsibilities of all governments.
Through the National Framework for Protecting Australias Children 20092020 we are working in partnership with state and territory governments and the non government sector on reforms that protect and ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people right across the country.
We welcome the strong relationships we have built with the non-government sector which are vital to achieve this. We continue to build on our progress through programs such as the new Family Support Program which started on 1 July. This is a $1 billion over three years investment in support and services, particularly for vulnerable and disadvantaged families. And for the 35,000 children living in foster and other formal care, the first ever national standards for out of home care also started on 1 July.
We encourage all Australians to get involved in National Child Protection Week.
In promoting National Child Protection Week, the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse (NAPCAN) provides a valuable service to help prevent child abuse and neglect. We appreciate the efforts of NAPCAN and the many organisations which are making a difference through education, advice and support services.
To highlight what we can all do, NAPCAN has developed new interactive and media resources, including a YouTube Channel showing how young people have broken the cycle of abuse and neglect, and an interactive website to showcase what Australians are doing as parents, siblings, professionals, teachers, business and corporations to keep children and young people safe in their communities.
Downloadable resources including fact sheets, posters and more details about how you and others can play your part are available at the download link.
Jenny Macklin MP
Minister for Families, Housing,
Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Parliamentary Secretary for Community Services
Editor note: Take a moment to watch the You Tube video and in particular the enthusiasm of the young Aboriginal kids who must have had a ball making that clip