CEO Message June 2023

Impact Newsletter June 2023


Dear supporters,

It is hard to believe we are already halfway through 2023. As I’m sure you know, the first half of this year has been difficult for many Australians.  

With the cost of living rapidly rising, and our housing system on the verge of collapse, the knock-on impact this is having on the most vulnerable in our communities affected by trauma is devastating.  

We know that an alarming 4 in 10 (40.2%) of young Australians have experienced more than one kind of abuse – a stat which reportedly doubles due to factors such as family economic hardship. (ACMS, 2023) 

In some cases, the long-term implications of trauma linger for generations to come, especially if therapeutic services are not able to be accessed. This theme is explored throughout our mid-year appeal which focuses on Sophie’s* story.  

Sophie is the victim of intergenerational trauma due to family violence. Her mum didn’t get the help she needed to deal with her own childhood trauma, so when Sophie was born, there was no one to protect her. You can read Sophie’s full story here. 

Stories like Sophie’s are unfortunately all too common, which is why the launch of the Australian Childhood Maltreatment Study findings is so important. ACMS is the first national study of prevalence and life outcomes of child maltreatment in Australia. The Foundation has long supported the development of a study like the ACMS and was among the first advocates for this research 25 years ago. If you are interested, you can read the full report here 

As we enter into the second half of the year, I want to once again thank you for your ongoing support of not just us, but of the children and young people we work with. 

With our warmest thanks,

Dr Joe Tucci

CEO, Australian Childhood Foundation

If would like to contact Australian Childhood Foundation directly you can email or call us today.

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