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In 2016, the theme for Children’s Week is based upon Article 17 from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: (UNRC) “Children have the right to reliable information from the media.” Children’s Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time when children can demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities.

The Advocate for Children and Young People, Mr Andrew Johnson said “Children’s Week is a time to reflect on ensuring that we are doing all we can to ensure the rights of children are realised. “Australia ratified the UNRC 26 years ago, we must recognise that there is still a long way to go to turn children’s right from rhetoric to reality,” Mr Johnson said.

One of the main findings of state-wide consultations with more than four thousand children and young people undertaken by the Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People, was that children and young people want to have their opinions heard, to be treated with respect and taken seriously. As a result, “voice” is one of the six themes of Australia’s first three-year whole-of-government Strategic Plan for Children and Young People which was launched in July.

Seen and Heard video

 

In response to these findings, and to mark 2016 Children’s Week, the Advocate for Children and Young People has launched 3 new initiatives which aim to elevate the voices of children and young people here in NSW.

The first order premarin online initiative is the “Real NSW” photo competition. The second initiative is a compilation of short videos called “Seen and Heard” which highlight times when a child or young person’s voice was not heard at an important time in their life. They are based on stories told through the course of consultations. The third initiative is a new App that utilises augmented reality technology.

You can read more about these initiatives here: http://www.acyp.nsw.gov.au/childrens-week-event-2016

We are also delighted that two of ECIA NSW/ACT member organisations received prestigious Children’s Week awards held at the Royal Botanic Gardens this year.

The Advocacy for Children Award was presented to two joint winners:img_0718

  1. Shaping Outcomes in Byron. The Shaping Outcomes program works to support the families of young children with disability and/or developmental delay.
  1. KU Starting Points in Macarthur is an early childhood intervention program for families with children under eight years of age with disability and/or developmental delay.

Zoe, Cluff, Executive Officer, Shaping Outcomes, Byron said “We are proud to have been recognised for making a difference through these awards, especially as we are a small organisation.”

Congratulations to both these ECI organisations for raising awareness around the rights of children with developmental delay or disability to enjoy childhood and the role of early childhood intervention.

You can find a list of innovative 2016 Children’s Week events here http://www.nswchildrensweek.org.au/find-an-event

Did you celebrate Children’s Week in some way this year?

What might you plan for next year’s Children’s Week?

Emma Pierce
Emma Pierce
Transition to School / Inclusion Coordinator Emma has worked in the non-government disability sector for the last 18 years. She has developed and facilitated training and resources for parents and professionals across NSW and presented papers at national and state conferences. Emma was previously the Manager of Building Blocks® Early Intervention Service at Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect). Emma also lectures casually at Western Sydney University and works as an independent consultant to Early Childhood Intervention services. Emma is the main author of ECIA NSW’s Transition to School Resource and has worked for ECIA NSW/ACT since 2013.

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