National Child Protection Week is a campaign held annually throughout Australia to raise awareness of child abuse prevention.

The objective of the week, running from 1-7 September 2019, is to raise the profile of all issues connected with child protection including child abuse prevention, treatment, research, education, service provision and support for children, young people and families.

One of the most important concerns of any community is the health, safety and wellbeing of its children and young people.

Every child and young person has the right to grow up in a safe and supportive family and to have opportunities that assist them to reach their full potential.

While parents and carers are responsible for the safety and welfare of children in their care, protecting children and young people from abuse and neglect is the responsibility of the whole community.

We need to invest in prevention and early intervention mechanisms for our vulnerable children and families to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children unnecessarily entering further and further into the child protection system.

Everyone can play a part in keeping children and young people safe from violence, abuse and neglect.

Speak with your children. Help them build their own safety support network, people who they know they can go to when they are not feeling safe. Teach them about the IAssistSafety app; this helps to give your child a voice in keeping themselves safe.

As a community, we need to take action and help make a change through education and support, for children, young people and families. We need to break the cycle.

A range of events are being held across south-east queensland during the week, check out the National Child Protection Week website to find out more.

Visit the Child and Family Support section of Kalwun's website to find out more about relevant programs and services provided by Kalwun.