In National Child Protection Week 2012 NAPCAN launched the Play Your Part Award for Outstanding Prevention Initiative nationally to recognise individuals, communities and organisations which have played their part in creating safer communities for children and young people.
The inaugural Play Your Part Awards for Outstanding Prevention Initiative were presented to recipients across Australia, in each State and Territory, to build an honour roll to showcase exemplary and successful initiatives that contribute to preventing child abuse and neglect.
In 2012 NAPCAN continues to spread the word that individuals, organisations and communities can come together and build resilient, connected and child friendly communities, which in turn contribute to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
We hope this year's recipients, listed below, will serve to inspire communities across Australia and provide examples of the significant contribution individuals, communities and organisations are already making to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children. While this year successful initiatives were identified through NAPCAN's ongoing work with communities and the community services sector, in 2013 the Play Your Part awards will be expanded to include a national nomination process. Please keep an eye on our website for details in the new year.
NAPCAN identified Brendan Fletcher and the Mad Bastards crew as worthy recipients to receive the National Play Your Part Award for outstanding prevention initiative as he is a fantastic example of how one person's vision and dedication can make a difference. Brendan's approach to the making of the Mad Bastards film and the subsequent development of the 'Mad Bastards Guide to being your best' is an outstanding example of how well projects are received when communities work together in a collaborative manner.
Doug Gordon has worked tirelessly to assist the young people with whom he works with to develop a positive sense of self worth and build resilience. Doug's commitment to these young people as seen them develop a greater value in the benefits of education, consequently these boys have a greater chance of realising their potential.
Supporting young mothers has been recognised as an important strategy in the creation of child friendly and connected communities. The leadership shown by Nicole, Cecily and Elena from the MultiMix Mob in working in partnership with their community in developing a tailored program which facilitates the safety and wellbeing of the children and families they work with is an inspiring example to others.
Claudia Lopez has demonstrated outstanding initiative and drive in coordinating the various programs and the facilities at the YWCA Lanyon Community Centre to best support the young mums and their children accessing her service. Her work is an excellent example of responsive assistance and programming which supports the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.
The work the Barker Family, and in particular Anj Barker, have undertaken to inform and educate young people about relationship violence in the years since Anj's shocking personal experience are an inspiration to all individuals and families. Anj's energy and passion for increasing young people's awareness of this issue and creating safe communities along with the commitment of her parents, Helen and Ian Barker, establish them as leading advocates for the elimination of violence in Australia.
The Bumps to Babes and Beyond program supports parents, particularly mothers, to develop skills around positive interactions with their babies, improve their connectedness to support networks, reduce depression and anxiety and assist with the development of secure parent/child attachments. The strong partnership between QEC and the Mildura Aboriginal Corporation driving this program is an excellent example of community networking which facilitates safer communities for children and young people.
Jane Fleming has devoted many years to being an advocate for social change in Tasmania. It is widely accepted in the Tasmanian community that Jane has gone above and beyond her professional role to bring relevant prevention programs to Tasmania. Her energy and passion for creating a safer community for Tasmanian children is inspirational.
Family by Family is a new model of family support designed with families to address the problem of too much demand on crisis services, and too few families with the supports to manage chronic stress and isolation. Family by Family finds and coaches families who have been through tough times and come out the other side and links them up with families who would like to change something. Developed by the Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) it is an outstanding example of an innovative program which is creating safer communities for children and young people.
The Junior Advisory Group, from the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, are a group of inspiring young people who conducted their own Speak Out during Youth Week celebrations in 2011. They then used the results from this to initiate and drive several events and programs including more cohesive transport system for those young people that travel to and from the islands for school; the development of the Bay Islands Blue Light Disco Association and subsequent Blue Light Discos. The Junior Advisory Group are role models for other young people in showing that they too have a voice and can contribute enormously to creating safer more inclusive communities.
The Yaandina Family Centre, in particular the Youth Centre, Child Care, Child Therapy, Mingga Patrol and Family Support all play a huge part in the community through providing a safe and trusting place for the community members to learn, speak about issues, engage with others and develop. This is done through the specifically designed programs that suit the needs of the community and by linking in with other Departments and services in order to ensure our young people and children are able to have that right to feel safe and cared for.
Timmy Duggan, the founder of the Hoops for Health Aboriginal Corporation in the NT, is an outstanding advocate for Aboriginal health and has shown great vision in combining the passion for sport among young people with health education. Hoops for Health is run territory wide and focuses on youth diversionary activities by using culturally appropriate methods to create safer communities for children and young people.