The YEP Project awarded a 2017 NAPCAN ‘Play Your Part’ Award

This year, the YEP Project has been awarded a National Association for the Protection of Child Abuse & Neglect (NAPCAN) Play Your Part Award, recognising its work in the WA community in ensuring that children and young people are educated and empowered to make positive choices about their sexual health and overall wellbeing.








The award was presented by the WA Minister of Child Protection Simone McGurk MLA at the 2017 Child Protection Week Breakfast hosted by the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth at the Duxton Hotel.









YEP Crew Peer Educators were on hand and received the award on behalf of the project. YEP Crew members Susan & Jordina gave the following acceptance speech:

“Thank you so much for the honour of receiving this award. We would like to especially than the WA Department of Health for funding our work, the Youth Affairs Council of WA for supporting this project and a huge thankyou to our coordinator and wonder woman, Anania Tagaro.

Most of us have been working with the YEP Project for over a year now, and we all firmly believe that EVERY young person has the right to be safe, loved and listened to. All 15 members of the YEP Crew are from varied backgrounds and lived experiences, which builds depth and appreciation of diversity in all of its forms – culture and religion, ability and disability, family, sexual orientation and gender diversity – we VALUE these differences incredibly at YACWA.

Together, we aim to educate, empower and positively evolve young people’s perceptions, attitudes and behaviours towards sexual health and wellbeing. We also work with professionals in the WA youth sector to build their capacity to respond appropriately, RESPECTFULLY and responsively to instances where young people discuss or disclose issues relating to sexual health. We want to ensure that youth workers, educators and health care providers working with young people have the skills, knowledge and awareness to create physically and emotionally SAFE spaces for young people to be able to do so.

In everything that we do, we do it to ensure that young people in WA are well informed of services, strategies and their FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS, which not only allow them to make positive decisions regarding their sexual health, but also their overall health and well-being for life. 

Thank you for recognising and awarding the work that we do and we will continue to play our part in making sure children and young people are safe in WA.”

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Vanessa Vlajkovic

Hi! My name is Nessa and I’m 20 years old. I’m studying Journalism at Edith Cowan University, with a Public Relations minor. I am an avid reader, writer, traveller and cheerleader. I’m also a passionate advocate for the deafblind community, and for other types of disability. I’ve been on the committee of the Youth Disability Advocacy Network (YDAN) at YACWA for a few months, and through them have developed a desire to become a YEP volunteer, as I want to expand my horizons.

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