By CELA on 6 Sep, 2019

This year, National Children’s Week runs from 19 to 27 October. With a permanent theme of ‘A caring world shares’, Children’s Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities (find out more about the history of Children’s Week).

The Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP) is inviting entries for the NSW Children’s Week 2019 Creative Story Competition. ACYP and the NSW Children’s Week Committee is also encouraging nominations for the NSW Children’s Week 2019 Awards.

How you can get involved:

1. Spread the word about the Creative Story Competition:

If you know of any children and young people who would be interested in the competition and awards, you can invite them to get involved via the Creative Story Competition (details on the ACYP website).

Children are requested to write a creative story (200 to 500 words) about an issue that is important to them and to other children and young people in 2019.

Three winners (one winner for each age group: 0-5, 6-11, 12-18) will receive an award and $200 gift card at a special Children’s Week event.

2. Share the NSW Children’s Week 2019 Awards details or nominate someone who deserves recognition

Children, young people and adults can nominate an individual, group, service or project that falls within the award categories. There are seven awards for children and young people and three awards for adults.

Children and young people award categories
(Nominees must be children and young people under the age of 18)

  • Community Art Award: For those who inspire through art including painting, drawing, digital art, photography, performance, dance and music.
  • Bravery Award: For those who demonstrate a single act or ongoing acts of courage, strength or determination.
  • Act of Kindness Award: For those who have or continue to offer acts of kindness by helping and supporting those around them.
  • Giving Back to the Community Award: For those who give up their time for their community through volunteering, programs and every day behaviours.
  • Environmental Award: For those who help support the environment through a range of acts, decisions and initiatives.
  • Newly Arrived Migrant or Refugee Award: For those who have made a positive contribution to their local community, region or state.
  • Voice Award: For those who use their voice to bring change, inform others, and raise awareness.

Adult award categories
(Nominees must be adults over the age of 18)

  • Inspiring Mentor Award: A person or group who supports, encourages and guides children and young people.
  • Foster Parent/Guardian Award: A person who is committed to helping the lives of children and young people in out of home care.
  • Teacher Award: A teacher who continues to improve the lives of children and young people and helps them reach their goals.

A winner will be chosen for each award category, with 10 winners in total. Winners willl receive a $200 gift voucher at a special Children’s Week event.

Entries close Sunday 6 October 2019. For more information go to

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