As this year’s Child Protection Week draws to a close, PeakCare warmly congratulates the many worthy recipients of the 2021 Queensland Child Protection Week Awards.

Professional Government

Outstanding contribution to promoting child protection issues in their capacity as a Professional working in the child protection (or related) field. Winner: Queensland Police Service – Policy and Programs Unit, Child Abuse and Sexual Crime Group

Professional Non-Government

Outstanding contribution to child protection at a practice, policy or service development level within the public service. Winner: Mel James – Social Care Solutions

Media & Communications Award

Development of an innovative approach, research or resource to promote child protection. Winner: Life Without Barriers – We Put Children First Campaign

Addressing Overrepresentation

Addressing overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, children, and young people in the child protection system Award – Outstanding contribution to addressing the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, children and young people through policy, programs or practice Winner: HALT Collective Initiative

Thriving Communities

Initiative Award Any community operated program, initiative, event or campaign that focuses on enhancing child protection in our communities. Winner: Our community, our families, our children

Regional Program

Program that operates within part of, or across, a region to address some aspect of child protection. Winner: Safe Connections – Early Years Linkages Project

Volunteers

Invaluable contributions to child protection made by volunteers working in government or non-government agencies. Winner: Walking Together for Logan Children – Aunty Coral Dessaix, Debbie Miscamble, and Uncle Peter Eather

Child Safe Organisation Award

Demonstrated commitment to the ongoing journey of creating a child-focused culture that keeps children safe and well (in line with the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations). Winner: YMCA of Brisbane

Youth Participation Award

Involvement of young people in the planning of a local activity to promote child protection. Winner: TRACTION

Education Initiative Award

Development of an innovative approach, research or resource to promote child protection. Winner: Goondiwindi State Primary School

Transition to Success

Outstanding contribution made by local community groups or local business involved with the T2S program to get the best outcomes for young people 15 and over who are involved in the youth justice system or are assessed as being at risk of entering it. Winner: The Bunya Peoples Aboriginal Corporation

For more details about the Awards recipients and their remarkable contributions to child protection, click here. To view the Awards Ceremony gallery, click here.