About Children's Week

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

Children's Week 2020 is from 24 October to 1 November.

The Children’s Week Council of Australia strongly advocates for and promotes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child. Each year an article is selected by the Children’s Week Council of Australia. This article becomes the theme for Children’s Week across the country, and the Queensland Children’s Week Association promotes and advocates for this to be upheld.

The Children’s Week National Theme for 2021 is based on UNCRC Article 15.

Children have the right to choose their own friends and safely connect with others.



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



The Children’s Week National Theme for 2020 is UNCRC Article 15 – Children have the right to meet together and join groups and organisations as long as it does not stop other people from enjoying their rights. In exercising their rights, children have the responsibility to respect the rights, freedom and reputations of others.



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



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.



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

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