Release date: 08/07/2022

Nominations are open for the 2022 SA Child Protection Awards, a celebration that will take place during National Child Protection Week, on Friday 9 September at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of children and young people, carers, volunteers, staff and organisations from across the child protection sector.

The event will be delivered by the Department for Child Protection (DCP) in partnership with the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN).

The award categories are:

  • Outstanding achievement of a child or young person (or group of children/young people) who has had a care experience (up to 25 years)
  • The Voice of Children and Young People in care
  • Active Efforts Award
  • Positive Impact Award
  • Outstanding Service Awards in the following categories
    • Non-governmental organisations
    • Across Government
    • Department for Child Protection
    • Regional
  • South Australian Foster Carer of the Year
  • South Australian Kinship Carer of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year

More than 200 nominations of individuals, teams and organisations across the sector were made in 2021.

To find out more about the awards visit:

Nominations close on Monday 1 August 2022.


Attributable to Katrine Hildyard

As Minister, I am deeply committed to keeping children in care in my mind and heart as I undertake my responsibilities; responsibilities that I am so honoured to have.

Every South Australian child deserves to be safe, cared for and loved. Ensuring this is so is not something one person nor indeed one department nor organisation can do on its own. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that children are safe, well, and free from abuse or neglect.

There are also many extraordinary children and young people who, with courage in the face of adversity, take remarkable steps forward in their own achievements and in sharing their voice and experience.

If you know of one of these young people or someone who works tirelessly in the community to protect, nurture and/or support children, please consider nominating them in recognition of their generous effort and focus on improving outcomes for children so they can physically, mentally and emotionally thrive.