Dear St Michael’s College Community
As you might be aware, this week is National Child Protection Week. This is in many ways appropriate timing following last week’s STAR reminders on student safety and my communication to families this week relating to disturbing social media content. Below is some information on the concept of the week, as well as resource links provided by NAPCAN (www.napcan.org.au/) that are appropriate for all of us.
National Child Protection Week is coordinated by NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) and runs from 6 -12 September 2020. NAPCAN was co-founded in 1987 by Rosemary Sinclair AO and Christine Stewart OAM and has made a major contribution to the safety and wellbeing of Australia’s children and young people. Over the last three decades it has raised public awareness of child abuse and neglect, highlighting its impacts and developing and promoting effective prevention strategies and programs.
Launching on Father’s Day each year, National Child Protection Week, now in its 30th year, supports and encourages the safety and wellbeing of Australian children and families through “Putting children first” events, programs and resources. “Putting children first” means making sure that every neighbourhood in the country has what kids need to thrive and be healthy – including supportive adults, high-quality child care, safe places to play and learn, community and belonging, secure housing and well-supported parents.
St Michael’s College recognises the significant role of schools in relation to child safety and particularly being places where children are safe and feel safe. Our Vision supports this though an aspiration to be a community that is inclusive and respectful, with everyone being known, valued and cared for. Central to this is a culture built on strong, positive relationships and a practical commitment to resource allocation, training and child protection education, practices, procedures and programs. I encourage families to contact the College if we can improve, support, or work with you on any matters relating to child protection.