Queenslanders are being called upon to support children everyday this Child Protection Week - Sunday 3 to Saturday 9 September 2017 - as communities across the state are reminded that ‘Protecting Children is Everybody’s Business.’
With more than 22,581 notifications made to Child Protection Services between 2013-2015, Queensland Child Protection Week knows that all parents need support in raising happy children who are safe and well. As such, the message of child protection being everybody’s business is essential.
Activities throughout the week aim to promote the value of children through raising the profile of all issues connected to child protection, including prevention, treatment, research, education, service provision and support for children, young people and families.
More than 100 community events will be held across the state to increase awareness of child protection and educate Queenslanders on recognising the signs of stress and ways of offering support. Events include education sessions, family fun days, music and dance productions, and more.
A select number of art grants have also been awarded across Queensland, creating opportunities for children to express their message of hope through dance, song, art and film.
The annual campaign will launch at Parliament House this Thursday 31 August, at the 2017 Queensland Child Protection Awards, where nine award recipients will be publicly recognised for their efforts, commitment and unreserved energy towards preventing child harm and abandonment in their local communities.
Queensland Child Protection Week Chair, Elisabeth Kobierski, said the committee, which is comprised of representatives from a broad range of government and non-government agencies, was once again impressed and inspired by the nominations received for this year’s awards.
“Through individual, group and program responses, these Queenslanders have demonstrated the life changing impact that both individuals and collective wisdom can have when they decide to step up and make child protection their business,” Ms Kobierski said.
For more information on Queensland Child Protection Week events and award recipients, visit www.childprotectionweek.org.au