11 May 2021
Claire Robbs, Chief Executive of Life Without Barriers is delighted to be a National Families Week Champion for 2021, a week that celebrates the importance of families.
Ms Robbs said that as an organisation, Life Without Barriers has supported a diversity of families for over 30 years, and sees her Champion for Families Week as celebrating the strengths of families in our communities.
“Family is very close to the heart of our organisation and we are humbled to be trusted by families all across our country to provide care and support.
“We recently launched our five-year strategy where we make clear that a significant focus for us is supporting and strengthening families who are engaging with the child protection system.
“We want to help families to appreciate what makes them unique and harness the positive attributes they have to help them be the best families they can be.
“By wrapping support around children, young people and families, we can help increase the number of children who can remain safely at home and reduce the need for child protection services.”
National Families Week is held annually from 15 May to 21 May (coinciding with the United Nations International Day of Families on 15 May).
The theme 'Stronger Families, Stronger Communities' highlights the importance of families to communities and that community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing. Thousands of people are expected to participate in registered events around Australia.
Dr Brian Babington, CEO of Families Australia, said, ‘The challenges of the past year have underlined the fundamental importance of families to society, communities and to us as individuals. Whatever form they take and in all their marvellous diversity, families need nurturing, respect and support. National Families Week is a great time to reflect on and take action to further strengthen our families.’
National Families Week is supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services as a valuable opportunity to demonstrate that families, across the lifespan, are integral to our society