Sammy Bruderer, NAPCAN Queensland Manager

As the peak national body for the prevention of child abuse and neglect, promoting Child Safe Organisations is a key part of our work at NAPCAN. 

We are thrilled to be able to run a series of FREE Child Safe Organisation workshops throughout Queensland, thanks to the State Government’s commitment to preventing child abuse and neglect. We are particularly glad to be delivering the workshops in partnership with the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) and providing participants with the  opportunity to have their say in shaping Queensland’s response to child safe cultures. 

Children and young people have a right to be safe and reach their full potential. With children and young people spending more and more time outside the family home and in organisations, it is essential that services, staff and volunteers play their part in creating a culture that nurtures and values children/young people.

The workshops are designed to help organisations move beyond compliance and simply implementing a set of policies and procedures, to developing a true culture of child safety where the wellbeing of children is at the heart of every action and decision. A key element to successfully embedding positive culture, involves practice aimed at child/young person inclusion.

NAPCAN is passionate about child participation and advocates for the importance of listening to the voices of children and young people. The workshop aims to start the conversation about how to not only hear, but act upon children and young people’s thoughts, views, concerns and feedback so that they can thrive and reach their full potential. 

Importantly it’s not solely about management setting up a framework for others to follow, it’s about everyone understanding how they can play their part in keeping children safe and prevent children from ever experiencing abuse. Most importantly, it’s about engaging with children, young people and their families in a positive  and supportive environment that nurtures their wellbeing and promotes best outcomes.  

NAPCAN is encouraging anyone who works with children/young people - either directly or indirectly - to attend the workshops. The more people who understand the importance of developing a child safe culture, the better. 

NAPCAN’s 3.5-hour interactive workshops cover:
●    establishing and maintaining a child safe culture
●    child inclusive practice
●    how to create child safe and friendly environments
●    key elements of a child safe organisation
●    sector consultation and the introduction the of Queensland’s ‘More Than Safe’ commitment to protecting and valuing children - lead by the QFCC.

About NAPCAN: 
NAPCAN (National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) is the only  organisation of its kind dedicated solely to the universal prevention of child maltreatment. Our work encompasses policy, advocacy, research, professional development, respectful relationships programs (including Love Bites), and national campaigns including the coordination of National Child Protection Week (3-9 September 2017). Our key messages are ‘Protecting children is everybody’s business’ and ‘Play Your Part’. 

In Queensland, NAPCAN is funded by the State Government to provide prevention consultation and deliver an extensive program of workshops on the prevention of child abuse and neglect, mandatory reporting, and child safe organisations. 

To find out more about the FREE workshops, and to register, see NAPCAN’s online training calendar

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