Recognising outstanding contributions to child protection in Queensland

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Minister Tracy Davis officially opened Child Protection Week 2014 by hosting the Awards Ceremony.  In the company of numerous Queensland dignitaries and almost 200 guests she spoke of the enormous contribution made to child protection in Queensland by so many. 

She spoke of caring for children and young people and ensuring their safety as a shared responsibility.  She noted the QCPW Chairperson’s reference to the Carmody Inquiry and stated that Queensland’s government, non-government partners and communities will work together to provide the appropriate services needed by families to raise healthy, well and safe children. The focus is now on ensuring that children can remain with their families when safe and appropriate.  

Minister Davis focused on the work of the Award recipients and congratulated them on their achievements.  She thanked the sector and the QCPW committee for their efforts in promoting messages of child protection. She acknowledged the need for greater capacity building regarding the over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children. Minister Davis thanked the child protection sector in Queensland and particularly acknowledged the inordinate efforts of the CPW Award recipients. 

In his Welcome to Country, Uncle Jo Kirk offered the Traditional Welcome to Country by stating that parliament house was a space for women’s business and he offered further hilarious comments from there about families and gender.  All humour aside, he focused on the importance of mothers and fathers being there for their children regardless of the roles they saw as their own.  He talked about how children respond to parents who pay attention.    He talked about education, law and support programs that teach young people how to be.  He reminded us that fathers need to tell their daughters how beautiful they are.  He said so much more.  Mostly he spoke of spirituality, social justice and the challenges of children and families and his belief that if we’re all in it together we can find a way forward by caring together.

The Queensland Show Choir, a talented group of young singers, stole the show in their inspiring and captivating renditions of:

I Make the World a Better Place - written by local composer Tim Sherlock and 

Happy – written by Pharrell Williams

 

The Queensland Child Protection Week Chair, Lorraine Dupree, thanked all those who work tirelessly to ensure the success of the week and the messages of child protection that continue throughout the year.  She included the Committee members and Project Officer, the much valued sponsors:  Channel 7, Courier Mail, KFC and the major funder, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability services.  She made special mention of Kay McGrath whose involvement in Queensland Child Protection Week spans longer than those currently involved.  Kay’s commitment to messages of child protection resounding across Queensland is unsurpassed.

Lorraine then spoke of the dedication and tenacity of those who continue to hang in there throughout complexities inherent in child protection work.  She also stated that we need to take heart from the fact that we know so much more now about child and family support and intervention than we’ve ever known before.  We have more to learn but we’re on that journey in Queensland.

The significant business of the ceremony was then underway to celebrate the outstanding contributions of so many Queenslanders. 2014 is a particularly exciting year for Queensland’s Awards with the Inaugural Addressing overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, children and young people in the child protection system Award.  Given the significant concern of the overrepresentation of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in our child protection system, acknowledging the leadership and wisdom in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is essential.  This year’s winner is a perfect example of a leader from whom we can all learn. 

 

The Queensland Child Protection Week Award Winners 2014 were awarded as follows:

Professional (Government) AwardMatthew Armstrong

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

 

Professional (Non-Government) AwardSusan Diggles

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

 

Volunteer AwardCathryn Crowe

Presented by: Erin Richardson, Marketing Manager, KFC Qld 

 

Regional Program Award Bundaberg Child Protection Week Action Group 

Presented by: Erin Richardson, Marketing Manager, KFC Qld 

 

Education Initiative Award Carole Park State School Staff

Presented by: Chris Jones, Deputy Editor of the Courier Mail and Sunday Mail

 

Youth Participation AwardLee-Ann Davis-Collier

Presented by: Chris Jones, Deputy Editor of the Courier Mail and Sunday Mail

 

Media & Communications Award – The ‘Yarning Up’ Steering Committee – Volunteers from Phoenix House

Presented by: Qld Attorney-General, Jarrod Bleijie 

 

Community Initiative Award Ann George – Project, Love and Care

Presented by Lorraine Dupree, Chairperson, QCPW 

 

Addressing overrepresentation of ATSI families, children and young people in the child protection system Award - Aunty Diane Moore 

Presented by Lorraine Dupree, Chairperson, QCPW 

 

 

With these prestigious Queensland Awards bestowed on the many worthy recipients, guests then enjoyed the opportunity to mingle during afternoon tea at Parliament House.

 

 

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