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"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children" - Nelson Mandela

Child Protection Week got off to a flying start with the Queensland Child Protection Week Awards ceremony at Parliament House last Thursday. Commission for Children, Young People and Child Guardian’s Assistant Commissioner Barry Salmon took the helm as the Master of Ceremonies, a tradition for the Awards Ceremony. Aunty Valda Coolwell gave her usual heart-warming welcome to country whilst applauding the work of child protection advocates.  The audience was then captivated by the beautiful renditions of ‘The Climb’ and ‘Count on Me’ by the Stella Voce Children’s Choir.   

Eight awards for outstanding contributions to child protection in Queensland were bestowed on most worthy recipients as Child Protection Week 2012 was launched at the Awards ceremony.  Hon. Tracy Davis MP Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services commended the high calibre of child protection professionals and programs before officially launching Child Protection Week 2012.  She highlighted the theme of the week that child protection is everyone’s business and that all Queenslanders need to play their part. 

The Queensland Child Protection Week Chairperson Kelly Bucknall penned a speech delivered by Lucas Moore as the flu had temporarily removed her voice.  She said: “Today we launch child protection week 2012  by recognising the admirable work of many notable individuals and groups in our government and non-government organisations working tirelessly to assist families in being strong and children and young people in being safe and helping them to achieve their full potential.  As I look around the room today and see the many people who go above and beyond the call of duty I’m heartened by their passion and their dedication."

She spoke of the Nelson Mandela quote that the sign of a society’s soul is in how it treats its children.  “Mandela captures the essence of what we need for our Child Protection system in Queensland and globally.   Our individual and collective role as a sector of government and non-government workers is to remember every day in our work, regardless of the systemic difficulties, the stress or the complexities of our roles – our children and young people need to remain central in our work." 

Kelly spoke about the 2012 achievers in child protection and her admiration of their vast contributions and the manner in which they provide benchmarks of how our system and our practice needs to be and should strive to be.  She stated that "these notable individuals and groups need not be unusual or the exception – they need to be our norm.  All children and young people requiring protection need the highest quality of service, support and program delivery."

"Child protection is everyone’s business – only with a united stance across all our government departments, non- government organisations, families and communities can we stand up together to combat child abuse and neglect.  It is all of our business and with all of our combined endeavours we can make a change in working towards a state free from child abuse and neglect.  To accept anything less is unacceptable."

The Awards were presented following introductions to the Award recipients by Barry Salmon:

  • Professional (Government) Award – Paul Griffiths

              Presented by: The Hon. Tracy Davis MP, Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

  • Community Initiative – Sunshine Coast Regional Child Protection Week Committee
              Presented by: The Hon. Tracy Davis MP, Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
  • Professional (Non-Government) Award – Kieran Smith
              Presented by: Max Walters, Managing Director, Channel 7
  • Education Initiative Award – Family Planning Queensland

              Presented by: Michael Crutcher, Editor, Courier Mail

  • Volunteer Award – Katherine Plint
              Presented by: Kay McGrath, Channel 7
  • Youth Participation Award – Project Booyah
              Presented by: Kay McGrath, Channel 7
  • Regional Program Award – Wee Care Shared Family Care
              Presented by: Mark Argent, Operations Director, KFC Qld
  • Media & Communications – Daniel Hurst
              Presented by: Mark Argent, Operations Director, KFC Qld                                        

The Awards and Launch of Child Protection Week in Queensland paved the way for over 60 events around the state from September 2nd – 8th. 

Click here to view the calendar of events


Biographies of Award recipients 2012 are as follows 

Click on the Award recipient below to view their Biography. 

Professional (Government) Award: 

Paul Griffiths – Queensland Police Service – Victim Identification Manager, Task Force Argos

Professional (Non-Government) Award: 

Kieran Smith – Director - SafeKIDS program, ACT for Kids

Volunteer Award: 

Katherine Plint – Founder and Executive Officer – Hannah’s Foundation

Education Initiative Award: 

Family Planning Queensland - Multicultural Women’s Health Project (Female Genital Mutilation) & Creating Conversations Project 

Regional Program Award: 

Wee Care Shared Family Care - Townsville

Community Initiative Award: 

Sunshine Coast Regional Child Protection Week Committee – CPW Committee, Chair Detective Senior Sgt David Somerville/Sunshine Coast SCAN Core Member – QPS

Youth Participation Award: 

Project Booyah

Media and Communications Award: 

Daniel Hurst - Journalist - Brisbane Times

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