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Children’s Week Awards

Children's Week Awards

The Children’s Week Awards Program aims to celebrate and honour the outstanding contributions, initiatives, and advocacy undertaken by young people and organisations. The awards program aims to recognise and champion people who are making significant contributions to promoting the rights of children. By honouring those who are actively engaged in this vital work, we seek to shine a spotlight on their efforts, celebrate their achievements, and inspire others to join the cause. Award winners will be announced on Tuesday, 22 October 2024 at the Children’s Week Launch and Awards celebration.

Youth Champion Award

The Young Change Maker Award will honour a young person or group of young people for their outstanding contribution and commitment to enhancing Queensland children’s rights and wellbeing through community education, awareness raising and/or advocacy.

The purpose of this award is to champion and encourage the participation of young people in initiatives that benefit their peers and the community in relation to children’s rights and well-being as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The recipient(s) of this award may have contributed to or be in the process of contributing to initiatives centred upon children’s rights and wellbeing, including (but not limited to):

  • various types of community programs
  • education
  • advocacy
  • policy influence or development
  • events and celebrations
  • promotional activities
  • fundraising and awareness campaigns 

Eligibility: 

  • Nominee(s) must reside in Queensland 
  • Nominee(s) must be aged between 8 – 25 years

Principal Commissioner's Award for Community Engagement

The Principal Commissioner’s Award for Community Engagement will honour an individual for their achievements and effort in engaging members of the community, businesses and/or organisations in child rights-related activities and initiatives.

This award category represents CRQ’s commitment to engaging communities, organisations, young people and First Nations Peoples concerned with children’s rights and wellbeing. Through this award, we aim to encourage collective action and emphasise the importance of relationships and shared goals for achieving widespread education and awareness of Children’s Rights as per the UNCRC.   

Selection Criteria  

  • Impact and Reach – evidence of the scale and scope of the nominee’s efforts in engaging an array of stakeholders to advance the education, promotion and realisation of children’s rights and wellbeing in Queensland. 
  • Demonstrated capacity to interact effectively with individuals across various levels within the community, including primary stakeholders, tertiary institutions, government bodies, non-profit organisations, and others. 
  • A demonstrated focus on marginalised and at-risk children and families within the community will be highly regarded. 

Eligibility: 

  • Nominee must reside in Queensland 
  • Nominee’s contribution must benefit children in Queensland

Children's Rights Champion of the year

The Children’s Rights Champion of the Year award will recognise the inspirational achievement and effort undertaken by an individual, group or organisation in a way that aligns with the theme of Children’s Week. In 2024 the theme of Children’s Week is based on Article 24 of the UNCRC – Children have the right to healthy food, clean water, a safe environment and the best health care possible.

In 2024, this award will honour an individual or organisation who is making a vital contribution to improving the wellbeing of children and safeguarding their right as outlined in Article 24. A clean and safe environment for children encompasses clean and safe living conditions and access to healthcare and other essential services and resources. These elements are essential for a child’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.  

Eligibility:

  • Nominee is based in Queensland
  • Nominees may be an individual, group of people or an organisation

Children's Rights Education Award

The Children’s Rights Education Award will recognise an individual or organisation with a demonstrated commitment and contribution to educating children and the community about children’s rights, as per the UNCRC.

The Children’s Rights Education Award will recognise an individual or organisation with a demonstrated commitment and contribution to educating children and the community about children’s rights, as per the UNCRC.

The recipient of this award will demonstrate commitment and achievement in embedding children’s rights within the education framework, as well as promoting widespread community education on children’s rights. Nominees may be from an array of organisations and education providers, ranging from early education to high school education, university, co-curricular providers, and specialist education providers.

Selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to children’s rights
  • Evidence of the integration of children’s rights into curriculum and/or educational resources
  • Demonstrates an innovative approach to teach and engage children and/or adults about children’s rights
  • Impact and Reach – evidence of the scale and scope of the nominee’s efforts in educating people about children’s rights.

Eligibility:

  • Nominee is based in Queensland
  • Nominee delivers programs to children and/or adults in Queensland

FAQs

You are able to nominate yourself or your organisation.

Children’s Rights Queensland will appoint a judging panel to assess nominations and select award winners.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your nomination will assist the judging panel.

If your application is successful, you will be contacted when the finalists are announced.

Prizes will be given to award winners along with a trophy.

Finalists will be contacted in early September. If you nominate a finalist you will be contacted.

The Children’s Week National Theme for 2024 is based on UNCRC Article 24: Children have the right to a clean and safe environment.

The Children’s Week Awards will be announced on Tuesday, 22 October 2024 at Victoria Park Golf Course in Brisbane. Finalists will be invited to attend the event which will be attended by representatives from Government, non-profit organisations, families and children.

Nominations will close on Sunday, 25 August 2024 at 11:59pm.

Click here to view the Award Terms and Conditions.

The Awards and Finalists for 2023

Youth Champion Award

Outstanding contribution and commitment to the promotion and advocacy of children’s rights in Queensland by a young person or group of young people.

Finalists:

Children in Action Group – 9-13 years olds

Alexis and Tyler Kalofonos  – 9 years old

Mich Liao – 17 years old

QFCC Commissioner’s Award for Community Engagement

Exceptional achievements and effort in engaging members of the community, businesses and/or organisations in child rights related activities and initiatives.

Finalists:

Scott Ballantyne
Queensland Police Service

Hyahno Moser
Australian Institute of Play

Majella Ritchie

Sandy Willick
C&K Moorooka Community Kindergarten

Child Rights Champion Award

Inspirational achievement and effort undertaken by an individual, group or organisation in a way that aligns with the theme of Children’s Week.

Finalists:

Australian Institute of Play

PCYC Queensland OSHC

Play Matters Australia

Queensland Children’s Week 2024 is proudly supported by: