Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Inaugural National Child Abuse Prevention Awards

The Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony, today congratulated the winners of the inaugural National Child Abuse Prevention Awards at the 7th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in Perth. He also thanked those who were highly commended for their work.

“These awards acknowledge the enormous contribution made by those who help the most vulnerable members of our community, children who have been neglected or abused,” Mr Anthony said.

“The five award winners, and those highly commended, have certainly demonstrated their drive towards ensuring that our children and young people grow up feeling safe and loved,” Mr Anthony said.

The National Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse (NCPCA), which is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services, recommended the establishment of the awards as a means of increasing community awareness of child abuse issues and giving recognition to achievements in this field of work.

It is intended the awards be presented every two years in conjunction with the Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Mr Anthony said it is important to publicly acknowledge and recognise the work being carried out across the country in preventing child abuse and to encourage others in their endeavours.

“By highlighting this problem, we can to get the message out that everyone in our community has a role to play in preventing child abuse and neglect,” Mr Anthony.

National Child Abuse Prevention Awards

Innovation Category Winner
Kidz Business Enterprise Project, Hampstead Primary School, Greenacres, South Australia

Highly Commended:
The Jannawi Kids Project, Jannawi Family Centre, New South Wales
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program, Victoria

Excellence Category Winner:
Cottage Family Care Centre, Campbelltown, New South Wales

Highly Commended:
Family Visiting Program, Anglicare, Western Australia
Abuse Child Trust, Queensland
Early Intervention Program, Benevolent Society of New South Wales
Dr Peter Eastaugh, Consulting Paediatrician, Victoria

Volunteering Category Winner:
Child Abuse Prevention Service (CAPS), Ashfield, New South Wales

Highly Commended:
Parent Helpline Volunteer Program, South Australia
Clan Midland Inc (Community Link and Network), Western Australia
Home-Start (The Family Action Centre), Newcastle, New South Wales
Association of School Parents’ Clubs Inc, South Australia

Valuing Cultural Diversity Category Winner:
Dr Cary Ooi, New South Wales

Highly Commended:
Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation, Western Australia

Rural and Remote Category Winner:
Prevention and Education – Child Abuse and Neglect (PECAN), Territory Health Service, Northern Territory

Highly Commended:
Protective Behaviours Program, Mullewa District, Western Australia