Projects that show outstanding initiative in improving the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, or improve parenting capacity, will be recognised at the fifth annual Integrated Violence Prevention & Response Service (IVPRS) Child Protection and Wellbeing Awards in September.
The award will be one of two given at the ceremony: the second will recognise outstanding contribution by teams or services that improve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.
Child wellbeing includes family support, child abuse and neglect prevention and early intervention programs.
The awards started in 2012 and celebrate the important work being done by health staff in contributing to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people within WSLHD.
Coordinator of IVPRS Ly Johnson said the awards allowed a broader interpretation of child wellbeing in reducing the prevalence of child abuse and neglect, including strategies relating to prevention and early intervention with vulnerable families.
“We really hope people will nominate their project or team,” she said.
There are two categories within the awards process:
Outstanding Initiative: This award recognises programs or projects that aim to improve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people or enhance parenting capacity.
Outstanding contribution by a team / service: This award recognises contributions that a particular team/service has made to improve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.
The award ceremony will be held on September 5, during Child Protection Week, and the winning project and team will receive a $500 Coles/Myer voucher and an award.
For copies of the nomination form or for any enquiries, please contact child wellbeing coordinator Lisa Cook or child protection and domestic violence educator Daniela Francavilla on 98818787.
Nominations close on August 4, 2017.