Council champions child protection with awards night

Tuesday 12 September 2017

As part of its commitment to addressing domestic and family violence in the inner west, Council hosted the 2017 NSW Play Your Part Awards on 7 September at the Hannaford Community Centre in Rozelle.

Council administrator Richard Pearson presented awards to the two NSW winners as part of Council’s support for the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect’s (NAPCAN) Child Protection Week that ran throughout last week.

NAPCAN’s Play Your Part Awards - for inspiring prevention initiatives - recognise individuals, communities or organisations who have played a part in creating safer communities for children and young people.

Last week’s Play Your Part winners presented in Rozelle included Coonamble Shire Council for the Coonamble Library project that saw the Library reinvent itself to become ‘a community living room’ as a response to the lack of venues for children and young people to gather in Coonamble.

The other award winner was Home-Start National Inc for Home Start Volunteer Home Visiting in which volunteers and parents in the program work together to prevent family crisis and breakdown to provide a safe, nurturing home for the children involved.

In addition to partnering with NAPCAN in the Play Your Part awards, Inner West Council assists NAPCAN in delivering:

• Love Bites, an interactive school-based domestic, family and relationship violence and sexual assault prevention education program;

• Inner West Respectful Relationships Project community steering group to undertake community consultation and scope the development and implementation of the Inner West Respectful Relationships Project.

In April this year, Inner West Council announced spending of more than $300,000 over four years to address domestic and family violence in the inner west.

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