Queensland Child Protection Week 2020
Bundaberg Child Protection Week Events: 6 - 12 September 2020
Closes Monday, 31 August 2020
The annual colouring-in competition always attracts lots of entries! With prizes from Dymocks Bundaberg up for grabs, get your creative juices flowing.
** 3 prizes per age group ** 4 age group categories **
0-3 years 4-6 years 7-9 years 10-12 years
Drop entries to Bundaberg Child Safety (Claude Wharton Building, 46 Quay St), Bundaberg Regional Galleries (1 Barolin St), Bundaberg Regional Council Community Services Office (Bourbong St) or post to CP Week Colouring-In Comp, PO Box 1047, Bundaberg Q 4670.
Thursday, 3 - Friday 11 September
Daily sessions of Trauma Sensitive Yoga to support children through physical, emotional and mental health. Trauma Sensitive Yoga provides skills for children to increase their resilience against trauma and their challenging feelings. To be hosted at selected schools in the Region. Funded by the Bundaberg Regional Council Community Grants Program. Instructor, Lonnie Toy. More info.
Monday, 7th September 4pm - 6pm
Teams play Rocket League! Individuals welcome! Games last for approx 15 minutes per team and will be projected for spectators to watch.
Venue: Churches of Christ, 76 Twyford Street
Friday, 11 September 10am-12pm
The Effect of Media Spotlight on Child Deaths Presented by Dr Catherine Skellern, Eminent Staff Specialist, Child Protection and Forensic Medicine Service, Qld Children's Hospital.
Tickets limited. Registration essential.
Register: By 4.9.20 to 41502736
Venue: Bundaberg Neighbourhood Centre, 111 Targo Street.
Friday, 11th September 5.30pm for 6.30pm start
Evening includes dinner and entertainment. Guest speaker Dr Catherine Skellern. Raffles and winner of the Child Protection Week Award presented.
Venue: Rowers On The River, Quay Street, Bundaberg
Tickets: $50pp (bookings essential)
Protecting Children Is Everyone's Business
The responsibility lies with adults in keeping children safe from harm. All members of society need to play a part in ensuring children are nurtured and safe.
Caring for children and keeping them safe is a shared responsibility. Listening to children and young people is number one in assisting their safety and well-being. Children and young people are honest. They are unlikely to lie about abuse. They are more likely to stay quiet about abuse or harm than to speak up (especially if they know their abuser).
Some things that can harm children and young people include:-
- Mean or cruel words
- Being ignored, going hungry and feeling and/or being treated as invisible
- Seeing or directly experiencing domestic and family violence
- Being physically, verbally, sexually or emotionally abused
- Not having health, educational and other developmental needs met
- Being groomed for sexual abuse
- Being forced into acts against their will, including illegal activity and/or to do something that feels ‘wrong’ and/or unsafe
- Being forced to be with people (even those who are ‘known’ and ‘loved’) who feel unsafe and/or children have stated have abused them
- Not being heard when they speak about abuse or trauma.
- Knowing they have no voice to speak of how they feel and what they’ve experienced in terms of their safety and well-being
- Being removed from their home and/or family
Playing Your Part
Protecting children is the responsibility of every adult. There are many things that all adults can do to play our part in valuing and caring for children to help them reach their full potential.
- Care for children in your community according to their needs and not discriminate due to culture,ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion or disability
- Respect that there are many different positive ways to raise children
- Seek to keep children connected to family, community, language and culture
- Never knowingly harm a child or allow them to be harmed
- Speak up and seek advice about the safety and wellbeing of children (including talking to caregivers, other professionals, an appropriate supervisor, or legal authority)
- Provide an environment for children where they feel safe, thrive and can develop positive relationships with adults and peers
- Be a good role model for children; be polite and respectful around children
- Listen to, and value, what children and young people have to say, and include their voices in decision making9
- Be a leader who stands up for the rights of children, advocates for their best interests, and constructively challenges practices
- Support families and encourage them to ask for help, rather than judging
If you need additional support at this time, the organisations listed below are available to help. In an emergency call 000 or go to your local hospital emergency department.
Find out who you can talk to or read more information about support available, click below.
Further Information and Fact Sheets
What is child abuse?
Responding to disclosures of child sexual abuse:
Queensland Domestic & Family Violence fact sheets:
Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research:
Queensland Child Protection Week 2020
Child Protection Week is a national event held during the first full week of September.
Queensland Child Protection Week is co-ordinated by the Queensland Child Protection Week Committee and funded by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women. Queensland Child Protection Week sponsor partners include Department of Health, Department of Education, Queensland Police, Queensland Family and Child Commission, Department of Youth Justice, Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Telstra, Ernst & Young and Channel 7.
The week is launched with an awards ceremony recognising outstanding practice in child protection. Child Protection Week focuses attention on child protection being everyone’s business and ensuring that all across Queensland communities take responsibility for children being protected and experiencing well-being.
This campaign runs all year long through sharing key messages of child protection, culminating in an action packed week of media and community events. Over 100 events will take place across Queensland.
For a full list of events please refer to the Queensland Child Protection Week website.
To find out more about Queensland Child Protection Week or to access resources visit the website: childprotectionweek.org.au. Resources include guides, brochures, posters, information sheets, videos, and links to websites and social media pages.