During the COVID-19 pandemic, children remain at the heart of everything we do

For over 30 years we have supported children and families through times of uncertainty and crisis. Find out how we are continuing to support children during the challenge of COVID-19 and find downloadable resources to help children reduce stress and anxiety.


Share Our Vision

Our vision is to defend the right of all children to a safe and loved childhood.

We do everything we can to bring love back to children affected by the trauma of child abuse and family violence.


We are a Force for Childhood

Learn more about our work on behalf of children

We Help Children Heal

On their own, children do not recover from the devastating impact of abuse, neglect and family violence. They need specialised support to heal. We provide therapeutic services to children.

We Keep Children Safe

We build the ability and confidence of individuals and organisations to protect children. We provide parents with education and support to help them raise happy, safe and loved children.

We Stand
Up for

We advocate for changes to laws and policies that help to make all children safer. We work to strengthen community attitudes that prioritise the rights of children to love and safe relationships.

We Create Understanding For Children

We educate and support adults who look after and work with traumatised children to be better able to understand and respond to their complex needs.


Become a Force for Childhood

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Where We Work

Our trauma teams help children, families and carers, and support professionals throughout Australia, including remote and regional areas. Their collaboration with a network of adults and organisations focuses on creating an environment dedicated to the recovery and healing of children traumatised by abuse, neglect and family violence.

Explore our work by clicking on the locations below!

Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Central Coast, Sydney, Wollongong, Orange, Albury
Alice Springs
Hobart, Launceston, Burnie
East + West Kimberley
  • Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Central Coast, Sydney, Wollongong, Orange, Albury


    OurSpace provides specialist therapy to children in foster care and kinship care who have experienced multiple trauma in their lives.
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  • Ringwood

    Popping Bubbles program for mums and bubs in Ringwood

    Trial of the Popping Bubbles program for women and their infants who have been affected by family violence, in partnership with the Eastern Domestic Violence Outreach Service in Ringwood.
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  • Warrnambool

    New family violence counselling programs in Ringwood, Warrnambool, Lilydale, Shepparton, Wodonga

    We have just started new family violence counselling programs for children right across Victoria. These new activities have been funded by the Victorian Government and are delivered in partnership with several agencies.
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  • Bairnsdale

    Trauma-informed care at a preschool in Bairnsdale, VIC

    Our Early Childhood Team is working with Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative (GEGAC) in their preschool centre to foster a trauma-informed and culturally strong approach to educating and supporting 3-4-year-old children.
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  • Canberra

    Working in a whole new way for children in state care in Canberra

    A team of 8 therapeutic specialists is providing training and supervision to more than 200 professionals and 400 carers in and around Canberra and its suburbs.
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  • Shepparton

    Providing therapy to children and young people who have engaged in problem sexual behaviour in Shepparton

    A specialist team running a therapeutic program for 15-18 children who have engaged in sexual behaviour that hurts other children has extended our service from Mitcham to now include Shepparton.
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  • Bundaberg

    Accrediting Bundaberg YMCA (QLD) as a Safeguarding Children Organisation

    All YMCA organisations nationally, including Bundaberg most recently in October 2017 have gone through our rigorous Safeguarding Children Accreditation system to reduce the likelihood of children being abused or exploited while in their care.
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  • Katherine

    Supporting Intensive Youth Support Service in Katherine

    One of our therapeutic specialists from Darwin travels to Katherine (a 3-hour drive) every fortnight to spend three days supporting Anglicare NT’s Intensive Youth Support Service Workers.
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  • Adelaide

    Providing therapeutic care in partnership with our partners Junction Australia in Adelaide.

    Our therapeutic specialists in Adelaide work alongside the residential care staff in 6 units run by Junction Australia, to support their care of about 18 children living in these units.
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  • Albury

    Working in partnership with foster carers and residential care workers in Albury/Wodonga

    A trauma team of four staff in Albury/Wodonga supports foster carers and residential care workers who are looking after children and young people who cannot live at home for fear that they will be abused again.
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  • Darwin

    Bringing Up Great Kids parenting program, Darwin

    Training delivered to more than 3000 professionals working with children and families to support them to run the Bringing Up Great Kids parenting program in their own communities.
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  • Alice Springs

    Working with NPY Women’s Council in Alice Springs, NT

    Working in partnership with the Domestic Violence Team to develop a new approach to preventing family and community violence in remote communities across the NT, WA and SA borders.
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  • Hobart, Launceston, Burnie

    Family violence counselling for children in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie

    12 counsellors providing specialist family violence counselling to children and young people across Tasmania in a program supported by the state government. Each counsellor provides up to 3 hours of counselling per week for 10-14 children and their families.
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  • Perth

    Our therapeutic, culturally strong care program for grandparents, aunts, uncles and extended families in Perth

    Providing direct therapeutic support to 10 Aboriginal extended families in Perth who are looking after 40 children who cannot live with their parents because it is not safe.
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  • East + West Kimberley

    Supporting Catholic schools in East and West Kimberley regions, WA

    Working with six Catholic Primary Schools to train and support teachers to be able to assess trauma in the children in their classrooms, supporting more than 300 students to better engage in learning.
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  • Brisbane

    Trauma training to drug and alcohol workers in Brisbane

    Trauma training to 150 drug and alcohol workers to enable them to better support young people to find comfort in the relationships around them and stop using harmful substances.
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Are you ready to

Love is at the heart of everything we do. It’s important we talk about what love really means in children’s lives. When we stand for children, we recognise their need for love. Let’s show children they are important and that love matters. This is the start of a new conversation on how we can come together for children. Join us and #Defend Childhood!

Below are three easy steps to make an immediate impact.


Step 1

Wear your heart on your hand, and take a picture!

Step 2

Post your heart on social media with #DefendChildhood. Become visible as a Defender.

Step 3

Fundraise, donate or register as a Defender. Your donations and the action you inspire will help children heal and keep them safe.



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