Victoria's child protection workers honoured

Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards 2016
07 September 2016

Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards 2016The winners of the Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards exemplify the messages behind National Child Protection Week: protecting children is everyone’s business.

The Hon Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Families and Children officially launched National Child Protection Week in Victoria at this year’s awards ceremony on Tuesday, 6 September.

Foster and kinship carers help to make our world a safer place for many children and their work and sacrifice is often gone unnoticed.

This year’s winners have given selflessly.

They include a woman who organises Return to Country trips so dozens of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care can reconnect with their families, community and culture; a 22-year-old who provides a safe home for her six younger siblings; and a pioneer whose work has had a profound impact on thousands of Australians who grew up in former child institutions.

The Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards recognise and promote best practice, commitment and leadership in the children, youth and families sector.

The Awards were initiated by the Victorian Government in 2002 in memory of Robin Clark, a widely respected and inspirational leader in child, youth and family welfare.

Outstanding work, commitment and dedication of Victorian child protection practitioners, community sector organisations and foster and kinship carers were acknowledged across 11 award categories.

More information about the 2016 Robin Clark Protecting Children Award winners can be found on this site.

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