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Thursday, 30 August 2012 13:53

National Child Protection Week

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The committee has distributed Australia-wide 5000 information and suggestion kits for Child Protection Week and include suggested Prayers of the Faithful at Mass on Child Protection Sunday, as well as a child protection prayer, a poster about the week to be displayed where it will be most noticed, balloons to display in church and school foyers, expressing the Church’s solidarity with the wider society and also setting out points the committee hopes will encourage school staff, families and the connected community to discuss the issue.

National Child Protection Week on 2-8 September aims to engage and educate all Australians to understand they have a part to play in keeping our children and young people safe from violence, abuse and neglect.

The week will be an opportunity to inspire each other through sharing thoughts, ideas and activities with organisations and communities that inform and assist parents, carers, family members - all the people who care for children.

National Child Protection Week has been coordinated by the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN), with the support of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs since 1990.

NAPCAN supports and promotes community-led prevention through strengthening the voice of community (in particular children and young people) in planning, research and evaluation.

In coordinating and promoting National Child Protection Week, NAPCAN sees it as a catalyst for community action that continues throughout the year.

Resources can be found through the National Standards Committee website.

From a report by Brian Davies at The Catholic Weekly.

More information, tools and resources can be found at the website, Play your Part.