The Voice of Children and Young People
NAPCAN advocates that all campaigns developed through LOVE BiTES and GROWING RESPECT are led by children and young people. This gives children and young people the opportunity to contribute their thoughts and voice, and be leaders in their community around respectful relationships and violence prevention.
NAPCAN supports communities to contribute to State, Territory and National child campaigns that focus on the prevention of Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault.
Artworks developed by young people through LOVE BiTES or GROWING RESPECT programs can be made into materials to utilise within community campaigns.
Suggested campaign materials include:
• Posters for local businesses, schools, doctors’ surgeries and service providers.
• Postcards that can be sent all over the world.
• Coasters for local pubs or cafes.
• Brochures/Pamphlets for other schools or to get people interested in the program.
• Bumper stickers, bookmarks, information cards, stickers and magnets.
Ideas to support young people to run a respectful relationships campaign:
• Assist with the running of a media campaign around their resources.
• Help coordinate and participate in community events around Reclaim the Night, the 16 Days of Activism and White Ribbon Day.
• Develop T-Shirts challenging myths on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault for high school students, teachers, service providers and the general community.
Example campaigns and campaign materials:
Research supporting community-led campaigns:
The National Child Protection Clearinghouse highlighted in the Issues Paper 32 “Are social marketing campaigns effective in preventing child abuse and neglect?” (Bromfield et al 2009), that social marketing campaigns are most effective when they are paired “with a community-level component”.