Federal Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Michelle Landry, has today welcomed the start of this year’s National Children’s Week, which will be held from 24 October to 1 November across Australia.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s National Children’s Week has been expanded to include online and virtual events.
Assistant Minister Landry said National Children’s Week serves as a reminder that every child deserves a safe, stable and loving home.
“Ensuring that our kids have the right to experience a happy and stable childhood is one of the most important responsibilities of all levels of government,” Assistant Minister Landry said.
“National Children’s Week reminds us to encourage our children to thrive and celebrate their talents, skills and achievements.
“Last year, the Morrison Government invested more than $260 million in parenting and childhood intervention and prevention programs to support at-risk kids and their families,” Assistant Minister Landry said.
“And right now, we are working with the states and territories to develop a successor plan to the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children, when it concludes in June 2021.
“The next children’s strategy will aim to improve the safety of our kids, young people and their families, especially those at risk of harm.”
Importantly, at the conclusion of National Children’s Week, the Australian Human Rights Commission will welcome Ms Anne Hollonds as the new National Children’s Commissioner.
Assistant Minister Landry said that Ms Hollands, who was previously the director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, was a terrific appointment and would bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role.
To find out more about National Children’s Week, or get involved, please visit www.childrensweek.org.au