Every child deserves a childhood that is safe and free from harm. At the Foundation, we work in a range of different ways to prevent child abuse and ensure the protection of all children.
Our Safeguarding Children Team
The current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia highlights the devastating impact on individuals when organisations fail to treat the safety of the children in their care as their number one priority.
Organisations such as government agencies, welfare groups, schools, sporting clubs, religious bodies, youth and social groups, all play a vital role in the health, wellbeing and education of children and young people.
Sadly, however, far too many children have been abused by staff and volunteers in organisations that parents entrust with the care and safety of their children.
The consequences for children young people and their families are shattering, and the impact for organisations is highly damaging. Our Safeguarding Children Team works with organisations that provide programs and activities for children and young people, to make them safer and less vulnerable to exploitation.
It is the only program of its kind in Australia. It provides policies, training and an accreditation scheme that strengthens the capacity of organisations to build an effective child safe culture.
In its First Interim Report (2014), the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse identified the Safeguarding Children Program as an example of a voluntary accreditation scheme for organisations with a duty of care to children. It is a vital program because it aims to create a lasting community commitment to the safety of children and young people.
To learn more about our work to protect children and young people in organisations, click here.
To donate to support the work of our Safeguarding Children Team, click here.
Our Community Action Team
Children and young people rarely have the means or opportunity to express their needs in a public arena - and ironically, it is often difficult to hear the views and voices of children within the child protection and justice systems.
The Australian Childhood Foundation strives to keep its independence, as this allows us to speak honestly when we see injustice, problems, and limitations of policy, law and approaches to protecting children. Sometimes our opinions are challenging. But we believe it is our responsibility to speak up for children's rights and to place children's best interests at the heart of what we do.
Our Community Action Team is currently working to change laws and government policies that prioritise the welfare of children. This specialist team of advocates undertakes research and builds support for improvements in the way children are protected and supported to recover from experiences of trauma.
The team also works across communities to raise awareness about the issue of child abuse, and the ways we can take collective action to prevent abuse and keep children safe from violence and harm.
To learn more about our work to ensure children's safety is prioritised, click here.
To donate to support the work of our Community Action Team, click here.
Our Child Abuse Research Team
We have established Child Abuse Prevention Research Australia (CAPRA), a major research centre, in partnership with Monash University.
The research we undertake at CAPRA informs how we:
- understand the causes and consequences of abuse on children, families and the community;
- better support parents and families to raise happy and confident children;
- develop new counselling programs that help children to recover from the trauma of abuse;
- advocate for reform of state and national government policies to enhance the safety and wellbeing of children in Australia; and,
- create our community and professional education programs about child development, trauma, parenting support and child protection.
To learn more about how we use research to inform more effective prevention and treatment of child abuse, click here.
To donate to support the work of our Child Abuse Research Team, click here.