Eight child protection professionals, advocates and volunteers from throughout Queensland were today recognised at the annual Child Protection Week Awards for their outstanding contributions towards protecting vulnerable children and young people from abuse and neglect.
The awards were presented at a ceremony at Parliament House today, attended by representatives of community and government child protection agencies.
Child Safety Minister Tracy Davis said the Child Protection Week Awards recognised the innovative and often challenging work of individuals and organisations in strengthening Queensland’s child protection sector.
“Each year, we have an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the dedication, commitment and unreserved energy of many people who make a significant contribution to our community to prevent child abuse and neglect,” Ms Davis said.
“Child protection is an unpredictable, confronting, emotional and challenging job. All the Child Protection Week Award winners share a common commitment to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Queensland children.
“They also provide an outstanding example to the rest of Queensland by embodying the theme of Child Protection Week ‘Protecting children is everybody’s business – play your part’.
“I have a keen interest in and passion for child protection, and I congratulate the award winners for their inspirational work and commitment to protecting children in Queensland communities and providing them with a brighter future.”
The eight recipients of the 2012 Queensland Child Protection Week Awards were:
Professional (Government) Award– this award recognises the outstanding contribution to child protection at a practice, policy or service development level within the public service.
Winner: Paul Griffiths, Taskforce Argos, Queensland Police Service
Professional (Non-government) Award– for outstanding contribution to promoting child protection issues in their capacity as a professional working in the child protection (or related) field.
Winner: Kieran Smith, SafeKIDS Program, ACT for Kids
Volunteer Award– for invaluable contributions made by volunteers working in government or non-government agencies.
Winner: Katherine Plint, Hannah’s Foundation
Regional Program Award– for a program that operates within part of, or across, a region to address some aspect of child protection.
Winner: Wee Care Shared Family Care
Education Initiative Award– for development of an innovative approach, research or resource to promote child protection.
Winner: Family Planning Queensland for Creating Conversations Project, and, The Multicultural Women’s Health Project
Youth Participation Award– this award recognises the involvement of young people in a local activity to enhance the wellbeing of children and young people.
Winner: Project Booyah – a collaboration between the Queensland Police Service, Nerang Child Safety Service Centre and Nerang PCYC
Media and Communications Award – for an article, news story, series, publication, campaign or communications strategy that demonstrates a significant contribution to highlighting child protection issues.
Winner: Daniel Hurst, Brisbane Times
Community Initiative Award – for any community-operated program, initiative, event or campaign that focuses on enhancing child protection in our communities.
Winner: Sunshine Coast Regional Committee
The Child Protection Week Awards ceremony marks the official launch of Queensland Child Protection Week 2012 which runs from 2 to 8 September. Child Protection Week promotes the belief that it is everyone’s responsibility to make their community child-friendly.
The Queensland Government has provided funding for community-based events across the State.
The week is coordinated nationally by the National Association for Child Abuse and Neglect, and in Queensland by the Child Protection Week Committee, comprising representatives from government and non-government agencies concerned with child protection issues.
For more information and for a full calendar of events visit www.childprotectionweek.org.au