Celebrating Our Children’s Rights

Children’s Week is a time to celebrate children’s talents, skills and abilities and reflect on the rights of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time to think about children who may be denied the basic necessities of a happy childhood and the education to develop their capacities. The week provides an opportunity to consider the way we can work together to benefit the lives and futures of children in our community.

Anglicare NT works with families and communities, supporting them to give children the best possible start to life. Services include early childhood learning programs, remote community playgroups, school holiday programs and housing support for families.

“Anglicare NT services for children and families include the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) which is offered in Katherine, Darwin and Yurrwi,” said Dave Pugh, Anglicare NT CEO.

“The free two year HIPPY program aims to empower and support parents to be their child’s first teacher. Parents are encouraged to read, play and do fun activities with their child at home and attend group events.”

“Remote playgroups in the East Arnhem region support families of pre-school aged children with regular culturally appropriate, play-based developmental activities,” said Mr Pugh.

“The Communities for Children program in Alice Springs and East Arnhem works towards achieving positive outcomes for children and families experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage. The program supports local community services and encourages cross sector collaboration and partnerships.”

“We encourage people to get involved in events during Children’s Week, including a free family fun day on 28 October from 9am-1pm on the Alice Springs Town Council Lawns,” said Mr Pugh.