National Child Protection week encourages all Australians to give children a fair go
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National Child Protection week encourages all Australians to give children a fair go

by Freya Lucas

September 06, 2022

Australians have been encouraged to give every child a ‘fair go’ as National Child Protection Week (4–10 September) begins. 


This year’s theme is ‘every child, in every community, needs a fair go’. NAPCAN Patron, Governor General David Hurley, said the theme highlights the importance of all Australians working towards a common goal of every child, in every community being loved, cared for, having their needs met and being afforded the chance to realise their potential.


“I commend all of you who are already working hard each day – as individuals, community members, volunteers and workers – to help create communities that support families and children. Together we can make a positive difference in children’s lives to support them as they grow to adulthood.”


Families need help too, NAPCAN CEO Richard Cooke said, to lighten their load so that they can focus on building the strong relationships with their children that are so important for early brain development and future health. 


“Prolonged ‘toxic’ stress, such as living in a community with high rates of abuse and violence, may stop children from getting a strong foundation for life,” he explained. 


“The stress of finances, health, work or relationships can make it difficult for parents to navigate life and provide the stability that is so important for children.”


Mr Cooke encouraged all Australians to work together to ensure every neighbourhood across the country has strong foundations for families and children – from jobs, stable housing, health services, financial support, and childcare – through to libraries, parks, playgrounds, clubs, and social supports.


“When we address these root causes of stress, we lighten the load for families and create healthier communities for everyone, particularly children.”


National Child Protection Week runs from 4–10 September and involves community events (online and offline) all around Australia. 


A key part of the 2022 campaign is a series of free online webinars, open to everyone who wants to support families and children to thrive in their community.


NAPCAN is the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. For more information visit 

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