NAPCAN Child Protection Week at Tweddle

NAPCAN Child Protection Week at Tweddle

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Protecting children is everyone’s responsibility; mothers, fathers, carers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, health workers and teachers, in fact, the whole community. The National Child Protection Week theme for 2021 is that: To treat all of Australia’s children fairly, we need to make sure every family and community has what kids need to thrive and be healthy.

Tweddle workers play their part to protect and care for babies, toddlers and children by supporting and walking alongside their parents and carers, as well as being role models for respectful relationships. We ensure that the best interests of babies, toddlers and children are at the centre of everything we do.

It’s important that parents know that they don’t have to wait until they have problems before they can open themselves to learning more about parenting. This can be done through many different evidence-based parenting courses such as Circle of Security, Playsteps, Bringing Up Great Kids and Tuning in to Kids.

There are different ways we can all help protect babies and children. Think about safe and respectful ways to be an active bystander if you see an adult being inappropriate towards a child or young person. Here are some other ways to help play your part;

  • Being a parent can be challenging. Accept offers of help (especially the ones where cooked meals are involved!)
  • Link in with services that support you – New Parent Groups and Playgroups can be fantastic.
  • Parenting isn’t always easy. Share your experiences and skills with other parents – it can help you realise that you are not alone!
  • It’s ok to reach out and ask for support, from family, friends, services, health professionals and so on.
  • Discover what helps reduce your stress and assists you to best care for your children. Listen to your children and involve them in planning things as a family.
  • Play with your children. It can be as simple as a game of “peek-a-boo” or reading to them. Playing with children helps build a positive relationship and connection and most of all it is fun!
  • Take time out when you feel stressed or upset – look after yourself. Parenting can be positive – notice the good times too.
    Make plans for enjoyable “family time” – this can help build close relationships.
  • Talk about safety with your children. Talk about what being unsafe might look and feel like at home, in their community, online or at school. Make plans about what to do if they feel unsafe.
  • Parenting courses can help you be the best you can be.
  • Celebrate your children, their achievements, values and interests and support them when times are tough. This will build a strong family that is loving and safe.
  • Get involved in your community. Joining groups such as for sporting activities will help you and your children to have fun and meet people.

For other tips to playing your part visit NAPCAN.

Napcan has developed 2 posters as part of Child Protection Week. Click on the posters below to download them.

Grandmothers’ Story: “As you may know, in Aboriginal culture, our country and its landscape are our classroom. We connect to country as we learn and grow into adults. Our country is always ready to teach our mob and to look after us. This painting shows two grandmothers (sisters) sitting around the campfire teaching the young girls and boys about growing up and walking in two worlds. Here you can see the two grandmothers, emu footprints, bush tucker and spinifex. The boys and girls are sitting around their campfires using deep listening to learn about country and being ready for the two worlds. The footprints are the grandmothers walking around.” Click on the images below for the full posters.

‘DEEP LISTENING’ BY SHIRLEEN CAMPBELL, ALICE SPRINGS


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