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Media Release by The Hon Sussan Ley MP

Nominations open for 2005 National Child Protection Awards

Nominations open for the fourth biennial National Child Protection Awards, which highlight and commend organisations who are making a positive contribution to children’s lives by reducing and preventing child abuse and neglect.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Children and Youth Affairs, Sussan Ley, today encouraged all organisations across Australia to nominate for this year’s National Child Protection Awards.

“The Awards, which will be presented on 20 November 2005, are an opportunity to recognise and reward the effort that so many organisations across Australia put into addressing issues of child abuse and neglect,” Mrs Ley said.

“This year’s Awards have been designed to separately acknowledge the efforts of smaller organisations from those of other organisations.

“Awards will be presented in a number of categories including Community Development, Capacity Building and Strengthening, Indigenous Services and Supporting Service Providers. Each of the winners will receive $2,500.

“The Australian Council for Children and Parenting (ACCAP) started the Awards in 1999 to acknowledge and congratulate organisations for significant contributions to preventing child abuse and neglect.

“The Howard Government is committed to ensuring all children have a healthy and safe home life by providing funding each year to a number of national organisations, including ACCAP, to help combat child abuse and neglect, and support children at risk.

“I encourage all organisations, whether community, volunteer groups,
non-government or government funded organisations, to nominate for the National Child Protection Awards.

“I hope this year’s Awards will again help to raise public awareness about the issue of child abuse and neglect in Australia and abroad,” Mrs Ley said.

Nominations close on Thursday 21 July 2005.

Nomination packages are available from the Department of Family and Community Services on 02 6212 9199 or visit the Department of Family and Community Services website