FACE program wins a NAPCAN 'Play Your Part' Award.
A youth drug and alcohol program offered by Mission Australia's Bunbury office has been recognised by the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) in its 2013 'Play Your Part Awards' for outstanding prevention initiatives.
The Family and Friends, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Community and Counselling, Education and Empowerment (FACE) program has been operating since 2006, supporting young people aged 10 – 15 who live with a parent or guardian who misuses alcohol or drugs.
State Director Melissa Perry said Mission Australia was honoured to be recognised as a Western Australian winner of the 'Play Your Part Awards', announced today at the start of National Child Protection Week.
The Awards recognise individuals, communities and organisations that have played their part to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people through community initiatives or programs in Australia.
"We've had great success with FACE in changing attitudes and beliefs about alcohol and drugs through education, recreational activities and harm minimisation strategies," Ms Perry said.
"In addition, we encourage the development of positive relationships by introducing young people to relevant role models, improving communication skills and encouraging them to better understand their parents and care givers.
"FACE is designed to engage, inspire and build decision-making skills, confidence and self-esteem. It is unique in that it allows young people to access support to help with their family situation, rather than waiting for a parent or carer to make the decision."
Ms Perry said FACE was sponsored by Apache Energy, with additional support from His Excellency, Malcolm McCusker, Governor of Western Australia.
Mission Australia will be presented with the 'Play Your Part Award' by the Commissioner for Children and Young People at an afternoon tea this Thursday, 5 September.
National Child Protection Week has been coordinated by NAPCAN, with the support of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs since 1990. The campaign aims to engage and educate all Australians to understand they have a part to play in keeping our children and young people safe from violence, abuse and neglect.