About Children’s Week

Children’s Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood.


NSW Children’s Week:

    • Raises community awareness of the needs, rights and achievements of children and youth
    • Encourages the community, children’s services, support groups, schools, youth and community groups to plan and conduct events to celebrate childhood and to highlight issues involved in childhood and youth
    • Honours parents and recognises the contribution of carers, workers and teachers in children’s development
    • Encourages individuals, groups and organisations to organise local activities and events that support and involve children and their families
    • Recognises young people who are an example and role model for other young people through the presentation of Awards


Thousands of children and their families around the country will be involved in activities during Children’s Week thanks to the participation of schools, childcare centres, play groups, libraries and cultural and community groups.

These events and activities focus the attention of the wider community on children and what’s important to them. Examples include education (in general), language and literacy, health, sport and recreation, the arts, science, as well as children’s cultural, social and emotional needs.

Children get to celebrate their own achievements, display their talents, demonstrate their skills and just have good fun. Families and communities reflect on the lives of children in other parts of the world where safety and freedom are not automatic.


This year’s theme for NSW Children’s Week celebrates article 17 of the UN Rights of the Child by expressing that “Children have the right to reliable information from the media”. The general theme ‘Celebrate the Right of Children to Enjoy Childhood’ and the International Year themes may also be incorporated by schools and communities.


Children’s Week is celebrated in Australia during the fourth week in October every year.


NSW Children’s Week Ambassador

Andrew Johnson, NSW’s first Advocate for Children and Young People, has agreed to be the NSW Children’s Week official Ambassador . We are very proud of his involvement in NSW Children’s Week and his dedication to children’s rights.

National Patron

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The Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is the patron of the Children’s Week Council of Australia (CWCA). We are very proud of his involvement in Children’s Week and his dedication to children’s rights. You can read his letter of support here.


NSW Children’s Week receives funding from the Australian Department of Education and Training.