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Child abuse and neglect is preventable. If we all work together as a community we can create an Australia where all children can grow up safe and well. What role can you play in supporting children and their families? ~ Richard Cooke, CEO, NAPCAN

National Child Protection Week invites all Australians to play their part to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

This year, National Child Protection Week (NCPW) occurs across Australia from 4-10 September. In 2022, National Child Protection Week will continue to embrace the overarching message:


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.


We can all play a part by creating stronger, happier neighbourhoods. This can be achieved by talking to your neighbours, checking in with friends, being a good role model, supporting and being kind to parents rather than judging or being competitive, offering to assist where possible and speaking up if you see something that is unsafe.

It is important that we listen to, and value, what children have to say. Where possible, include their voices in decision making and be advocates for their best interest. 

By speaking regularly to children about their personal safety and how they can protect themselves, as well as “tuning into” their worries, children are more likely to trust us and feel comfortable to talk to us when something big is going on.

Make your influence positive; start a conversation today with your colleagues and families about listening to and valuing the voice of children and young people.

Decorate YOUR GATE

In recognition of National Child Protection Week 2022, we’re asking Diocesan Catholic schools and St Nicholas Early Education centres to decorate their school or centre gate, fence, or alternative space in line with the theme, ‘Every child, in every community, needs a fair go’.


  • Diocesan Catholic schools can win a 10sqm locally-themed mural at your school painted by acclaimed artist Mitch Revs, designed in collaboration with students (1x primary school prize, 1x secondary school prize).
  • St Nicholas Early Education centres can win $500 towards a special treat for their centre community.
How to enter
To enter, decorate your school or centre gate, fence, or alternative space (e.g. feature wall, double doors etc) in line with the theme, ‘Every child, in every community, needs a fair go’. What you use to decorate your space is entirely up to you – so get creative! Once complete, email a photo of your display to:
Sophie Dougherty, Investigator (Office of Safeguarding) –

Entries close Friday 9 September, 5pm.

Check out some of the incredible entries so far below.
'Merewether Beach' by Mitch Revs





How is our Diocese safeguarding children?

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has an abiding commitment to promote the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children. The Office of Safeguarding is the structural expression of the Diocese’s commitment to demonstrate the highest standards of recognising and upholding the dignity and rights of all children. 

The Office of Safeguarding provides training to diocesan personnel to ensure they adopt safe work practices when working with children, and to increase their awareness of the indicators of abuse to equip them to provide the correct response. The Office of Safeguarding also provides an intake service to assist diocesan personnel in ensuring they meet both their mandatory reporting obligations to statutory authorities as well as their duty of care obligations. Risk assessments and comprehensive compliance audits are also undertaken to ensure the diocese is compliant with various safeguarding regulatory and contractual obligations and to reduce and manage identified risks.

Please see links to ADDITIONAL online resources to help educate and support parents and children


YEARS 3 - 6


'Do you know what apps your children are using?'

'Children's Safety Study'
Institute of child protection studies

'Continuum of Wellbeing'