National Child Protection Week takes place in Australia and New Zealand between 5-11 September this year. The theme for 2021 is:
Every child, in every community, needs a fair go. 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.
What does giving children a fair go really mean, and what does it look like in practice? What does having a fair go mean for children and young people through their own eyes?
At Child Wise, we believe that you can’t give children a fair go unless you actively seek out their views and opinions, and truly listen to what they have to say.
Child Protection Week is an opportunity to highlight the importance of listening to children’s voices in decision-making for organisations whose work impacts them either directly or indirectly. However, it’s important to note that listening to children’s voices and prioritizing their rights and safety must be an embedded part of your work, environment and organisational culture on an ongoing basis.
Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children and young people by promoting their empowerment, engagement and participation has been at the core of what we do for 30 years.
This year for Child Protection Week, we will focus on creating opportunities for children and young people’s voices to be heard on the risks and benefits of technology, and how we can use digital tools to empower and protect them.
Young people are majority users of social media, video games, online and offline apps, and the digital world more broadly. They live and breathe technology: from the moment they wake up to the moment they fall asleep – to learn, to communicate, to socialise and connect, and to simply navigate and make sense of the world we live in.
Yet we find that their voices are missing from conversations and decision-making on how the digital environment impacts their safety, health and wellbeing, and how it should be regulated.
Child Wise in partnership with House of Muchness, a centre for creativity for young people, is thrilled to be hosting the screening of the short film ‘Like This’ on Thursday, 28 Oct 2021, 6PM – 7.30PM (AEDT).
‘Like This’ is a unique documentary featuring young people as they reflect on their risks, fears, privacy, relationships, and lived experiences of empowerment and participation through technology.
Click here to find out more and to register for this free event.
Digital safeguarding: Protecting children as digital consumers
Child Wise has launched a digital safeguarding practice that is centred on empowering children and young people to enjoy the benefits of using technology without compromising their rights, safety and overall wellbeing.
We empower children and young people to raise concerns and have a voice in what makes them feel safe or unsafe via accessible digital tools.
Our new partnership with UK-based Mind Of My Own aims to support organisations and businesses to help them establish methods for children and young people to be active, vocal, and confident participants in the environments where they live, work or play.
We believe young people should always be able to participate fully in their lives and it should be easy for them to speak up any time they want. But this isn’t possible at every organisation where youth are involved.
By working with Child Wise, we aim to educate companies on ways to engage and consult with children and young people that’s both efficient and responsive to the organisation’s needs.
For more information about the Child Wise and Mind of My Own partnership, please click here.
Even if your organisation or business has nothing to do with children, there may be offenders in your workforce using corporate devices to produce and access child sexual abuse material. Find out more about our Digital Safeguarding Practice here and how we can support you in the prevention and interception of child abuse in your work environment.
How can young people get involved?
If you are a young person, or know any young people that may be interested in getting involved with Child Wise, read on.
At Child Wise we believe that children and young people are experts in their own lives and only they know what it’s like to be a child or young person today.
We truly believe that nothing that is about children and young people, should be done without them
If you are a young person and are interested in participating in activities that bring young people together and sharing your thoughts and opinions with us (either in a group or individually), please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
We would also love to hear your ideas about some of the ways we can encourage young people to participate and share their views.
To check out current opportunities to get involved with Child Wise, or to find more information and resources for young people, please click here.
Please note, Child Wise is NOT a government child protection department.
If a child you are concerned about is in immediate danger, please call the Police on 000.
If you need to report an incident of child abuse or neglect, please click here and scroll to the bottom of the Reporting Abuse and Neglect: State and Territory Departments Responsible for Protecting Children page.
If you are a child or young person and you feel unsafe or would like to speak to someone about your mental health or any other issues, please call the Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800.
If you have experienced childhood trauma, please call the Blue Knot Helpline at 1300 657 380 to speak with an experienced trauma counsellor.
For Child Wise interviews and media opportunities, please contact Kathryn Price at email@example.com