Mr Barry Salmon
A/Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian
Message from the State Ambassador for Queensland Children's Week 2013,
Barry Salmon, Acting Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian
I am delighted to be the State Ambassador for Queensland Children's Week 2013.
Children's Week represents a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of the needs, rights and achievements of children and young people, and encourages everyone to celebrate the right of children to enjoy childhood.
Each year, Children's Week highlights an article from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and this year's theme is 'Celebrating Children — Focus on the Right of the Child to Play' (Article 31 from the UN Convention).
This theme strongly fits with the role of my Commission, which is to promote and protect the rights, interests and wellbeing of young Queenslanders, particularly those most vulnerable.
All children have a right to play as part of their childhood. Play, recreation, rest, leisure and involvement in the arts and culture are all inter-related and crucial to a happy, healthy childhood.
Play enhances language development, social skills, creativity, imagination and thinking skills, and also develops physical motor skills.
I encourage you to help children to play — by themselves, with others and in shared activities. Children need plenty of play time as this helps them to learn persistence, negotiation, problem solving, planning and co-operation.
Across the state this year, thousands of children and their families will be involved in activities during Children's Week which will celebrate children's right to play, thanks to the participation of schools, child care 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. This will provide an opportunity for children to celebrate their own achievements, display their talents, demonstrate their skills and just have good fun.
I look forward to joining you in celebrating Queensland Children's Week.
Acting Commissioner for Children and
Young People and Child Guardian
Terri Irwin & Family, Bindi & Robert
Queensland Children’s Week 2013
Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin – Family Ambassadors
Bindi, Robert and I are so proud to be Family Ambassadors for Queensland Children's Week. Australia Zoo continues to team up with this wonderful organisation, as well as the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, to ensure a safe and happy future for all our children.