Childhood Friends » Child abuse Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:09:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 About NAPCAN /2011/03/about-napcan/ /2011/03/about-napcan/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2011 07:06:18 +0000 admin Child abuse and neglect are two of the most serious and devastating social problems in Australia, with over 30,000 children proven to suffer from abuse and neglect in the past year. Aside from the immediate problems of violence and psychological damage done to a child, the far reaching effects have a harmful effect on society as a whole. Children who grow in abusive and neglectful households have a much higher risk of turning to crime, drugs, homelessness, depression, and even suicide later in life.

NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) is Australia’s premiere child advocacy charity that is dedicated to working with authorities, the media, businesses, and individuals to bring an end to the vicious cycle of child abuse.

NAPCAN does this through a variety of way including:

1. Researching and documenting cases of child abuse.

2. Informing the general public about child abuse and neglect and giving people things to watch out for.

3. Advocating changes in government policy to help better protect children.

4. Demonstrating a proper and healthy way to raise a child.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), formed in 1989, has been ratified in Australia, but not yet made into a part of Australian law. The principles of the CRC are made to allow children to develop and thrive in a loving environment, and NAPCAN is dedicated to making the principles of the CRC come true in Australia today.

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Children: Our Greatest Legacy /2011/03/children-our-greatest-legacy/ /2011/03/children-our-greatest-legacy/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2011 13:49:56 +0000 admin One of the greatest tragedies is when child abuse happens. Unfortunately, child abuse can be found all over the world. Child abuse shows its head in many different ways. It is not always easy to spot and yet it must be stopped. Together we can make a difference. It can begin with you.

Child abuse knows no boundaries. It happens to children born into poverty and wealth. Many children are abused at the hands of their own parents or care providers. There are many reasons for child abuse. Parents are stressed, don’t understand how to handle anger, have drug and alcohol issues and more. Children who are neglected from love, care and food are abused. It is horrific the things that happen to children. More and more we are hearing about a once silenced form of child abuse; molestation of a child. And these cruel acts often come from those closest to the child.

All of this can be stopped. It begins with education and people standing up for the innocent. It is you business if you sense a child is being abused. Do not turn the other way. Do not stop caring or think it is not your business. You can call your local town children services department and tell them about your concern. Even if you only suspect a child is not being fed, is being hurt, or is in a dangerous situation they can take your information and document your concerns. When enough people care and speak up change will happen. Your information will be kept private.

Children are lives richest resource. They are precious and priceless. Every child deserves to be protected and it can only begin with each of us doing our part.

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