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Child protection and violence against Women are intrinsically linked, so too are the solutions was the message at NAPCAN’s annual Child Protection Week breakfast that took place with guests in abundance at 66 on Ernest. NAPCAN President Teresa Scott welcomed the Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety, Minister for Multicultural Affairs; CEO of White Ribbon Australia, Libby Davies and colleagues committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. With Child Protection Week in its 25th year she reflected back on its beginnings when NAPCAN’s aim was to have conversations with the general community so that it wasn’t only professionals paying attention to child abuse and neglect but everyone had a role. Each of us in the community comes in contact with children and there are many things we can do to support children and believe them. She spoke of domestic and family violence and its impact on children living with violence. NAPCAN’s primary prevention strategies play an important role in addressing this issue.

Teresa introduced Minister Fentiman who welcomed guests including: Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, White Ribbon Australia’s CEO Libby Davies, Neil Carrington, CEO of ACT for Kids and Cathy Taylor, A/Director-General of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and highlighted the NAPCAN breakfast as a feature amongst the many events taking place across Queensland during Child Protection Week. She noted the Palaszczuk government is totally behind the messages of Child Protection Week as many in our communities want to assist but don’t always know how. She spoke of the government’s establishment of new Child and Family Connect Services and the significance of expanding services to build capacity in the family support arena. She also spoke of additional family support services to children and families at crisis point as well as those aimed at tackling domestic and family violence. She noted the importance of Play Your Part’s early intervention work.

Minister Fentiman reminded participants that last week she launched a review of the Child Protection Act 1999 to ensure wide reaching expertise to build a contemporary legislative framework moving forward. She then thanked all of the professionals who work hard to protect children and young people to ensure families have the skills and resources they require to care for their children.

She then presented the Queensland Play Your Part Award recipients with their Awards:

Mackay Child Friendly Community Action Group – Inspiring advocacy in promoting the safety and wellbeing of children 

True Relationships and Reproductive Health (formerly Family Planning QLD) – Wellness and Well Being Project

Teresa Scott then introduced Guest Speaker: Libby Davies, White Ribbon Australia’s CEO.  Libby highlighted White Ribbon Australia as Australia’s only male led organisation for the prevention of violence against women. She asserted that to prevent male violence we need to work together so the connectivity between the work of White Ribbon, Child Protection Week and NAPCAN is pertinent. In that endeavour, Libby regards work with children and young people as critical in the prevention of violence against women. She noted that the synergy serves us well in that the prevention of child abuse and neglect is inextricably linked to the prevention of violence against women.

There’s a reason White Ribbon do what they do in bringing the violence against women into the public domain. One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them. Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence. Intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in Australian women aged 15-44.

In Australia one in four children are exposed to domestic violence. That’s astounding and horrifying all at once. We know that the exposure to domestic violence is a recognised form of child abuse. We clearly need campaigns such as Child Protection Week and Our Watch and organisations such as White Ribbon Australia to stem the tide on these terrible statistics.

White Ribbon Australia upholds the World Health Organisation ecological model of prevention whereby the vison they note is that all women live in safety free from all forms of men’s violence, the Mission is making women’s safety a men’s issue too and the goal is to encourage and enable men to take a leadership role in ending men’s violence against women.  This campaign has been phenomenally successful with well over a hundred thousand participants engaging through social media alone. Then there are over three thousand ambassadors and advocates – the men who stand up and vow never to stay silent about abuse. Furthermore programs in schools and across the community are geared to ensuring that all children, young people and family members are aware of the importance of understanding the dynamics of violence and breaking the silence.

That’s what we’re aiming for in Australia through such campaigns and in Queensland during Child Protection Week and the initiatives underway in our state to focus on the needs of children and families in ensuring their safety, healing and wellbeing. Minister Fentiman captured the sentiment of the morning and Child Protection Week succinctly when she closed her address: “Behind every statistic, there is a child and a childhood.”


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