NAPCAN is Australia 's leading advocate for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
It is a national, independent, charitable organisation with a clear purpose to prevent child abuse and neglect before it starts.
In the last year there were over 50,000 substantiated notifications to statutory authorities of children being abused or neglected in this country. Children died, children were seriously injured and tens of thousands of children were physically, psychologically and emotionally damaged. This number is growing every year.
NAPCAN believes it is time to draw a line in the sand and break this cycle of abuse
NAPCAN works within a public health conceptual framework focussing its expertise and energies on primary and secondary prevention strategies.
NAPCAN develops its prevention strategies on the basis of sound evidence, expert advice and consultation across its extensive national network.
NAPCAN is currently working directly with children and young people to strengthen their protective behaviours and to build their resilience and life skills.
NAPCAN knows t his is just a start and that to break the cycle of abuse and neglect a national, multi-facetted and well-resourced prevention strategy is essential.
NAPCAN will continue to advocate to the Federal and State and Territory governments for the allocation of public resources for prevention and NAPCAN will work with government on the design and implementation of evidenced-based prevention strategies which impact on the whole community whilst targeting those at greatest risk.
NAPCAN urgently needs corporate and individual financial and practical assistance to support and extend its programs and continue its advocacy work.