The Hon Michelle Landry MP, Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Assistant Minister for Northern Australia officially opened the event.
One of the features of Child Aware gatherings is to include the voices of young people. At CA2020, a panel of young people addressed the topic: Strengthening the voices of children and young people in policy and program design and implementation. The panel address was titled, “Our Voice Matters – Young People are Here and Now”. Panel participants were Paris McMahon (facilitator), Will Byers, Mehak Sheikh, Cassandra Stanford, and Hamani Tanginoa.
Megan Mitchell looked back on her appointment as National Children’s Commissioner (2013-2020) as she delivered the Families Australia Oration 2020.
Maree Brown, Director of the Child Wellbeing Unit in New Zealand’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, delivered the keynote address to Child Aware 2020, titled “Listening to children and young people: How their voices helped shape New Zealand’s Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy”.
Richard Weston, CEO of SNAICC – National Voice for our Children delivered his keynote address to Child Aware 2020, titled “Safety and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children: Understanding the scale of complex trauma and its impacts on children and families”.
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