Shaken Baby Prevention Project Award

The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) has recognised the Shaken Baby Prevention Project as an 'Inspiring Prevention Initiative' during National Child Protection Week.

The Project, based at The Children‟s Hospital at Westmead, has been awarded a NAPCAN 2014 'Play Your Part' Award. These awards recognise initiatives that prevent child abuse and neglect by promoting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

Since 2001, the Shaken Baby Prevention Project has expanded nationally and internationally with a short film and associated resources to support and educate parents, carers and professionals about responding safely to crying babies and the dangers of shaking a baby.

Raising community awareness about the dangers of shaking babies and about supporting families managing a crying baby is essential to prevent the serious long term effects of brain injuries in young babies.

"It is an honour for the Shaken Baby Prevention Program to be recognised with a NAPCAN Award," said project member and senior social worker, Sue Foley.

"For more than a decade we have been sharing this important message with communities and health professionals around the world," she said.

"Our presentations at international conferences about the dangers of shaking and strategies for keeping babies safe have helped raise awareness of the significance of shaking, physical injury and the importance of prevention in more than 25 countries.

"As many as 25 per cent of babies who are shaken and receive injuries will die from these injuries and despite Australia being at the forefront of this education campaign we are still seeing babies suffer from these preventable injuries.

"The Children‟s Hospital at Westmead continues to see babies with brain injuries after being shaken and it is essential that we continue to promote this important message so that everyone can 'play your part' in child protection," Ms Foley said.