Child Protection Week: Catholic schools raise awareness

Hundreds of white balloons will be displayed across the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle’s 56 Catholic schools this Thursday or Friday to raise awareness for National Child Protection Week (NCPW) 7-12 September, 2015.

National Child Protection Week invites all Australians to play their part to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

Now in its 25th year, NCPW continues to be one of the most significant events on Australia’s child protection calendar and is an opportunity for schools to discuss and raise awareness about preventative strategies in place for child protection in schools.

The white balloon signifies the importance of encouraging survivors to break their silence and aims to raise awareness about child sexual assault. It’s a symbol originally chosen by Bravehearts Inc which hosts ‘White Balloon Day’ each year during NCPW.

Director of Schools, Mr Ray Collins, is encouraging all Catholic schools to support this important event.

“National Child Protection Week is an extremely important time for schools. I hope that by displaying white balloons out the front of our schools encourages conversation and helps raise awareness that “Protecting children is everyone’s business.”

National Child Protection Week is coordinated by NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) and runs from 6-12 September 2015.

This year NAPCAN is encouraging you to find out more about your role in promoting the safety and wellbeing of children.  

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Emma Blackford

Emma Blackford was the Communications Manager for the Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle from 2015 - 2016 and a regular contributor to Aurora Magazine.

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