We are a Force for Childhood

Love is the warmth and light in which children’s little hearts, minds and bodies grow, develop and experience the world. When love is gone, the light goes out and their world turns dark. Pain, fear and isolation become the shapers of their childhood.

It’s our privilege to work to restore love to childhood through relationships that guide, support and have the power to help children heal. Loving relationships are their light out of the darkness.

Our work is love in action and our teams work with children, families, carers and professionals who share our passion and hope for these children.

We Help
Children
Heal

We Keep
Children
Safe

We Stand
Up for
Children

We Create
Understanding
for Children

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!

Ringwood
Warrnambool
Bairnsdale
Canberra
Shepparton
Bundaberg
Katherine
Adelaide
Albury
Darwin
Alice Springs
Ntaria
Mitcham
Hobart, Launceston, Burnie
Perth
East + West Kimberley
Brisbane
Penrith
  • 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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  • Ntaria

    Healing our Kids Our Way project in Ntaria, NT

    A child trauma counsellor and an Aboriginal family worker provide counselling and support to 30 children and young people in the remote community.
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  • Mitcham

    Listening Project pilot – Mitcham, Victoria

    A ground-breaking trial of music therapy with more than 40 children, aimed at switching on the part of the brain that responds to the tone and softness of people’s voices, allowing young people to feel love again through the voices of their parents.
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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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  • Penrith

    Training program to early childhood services in Penrith, NSW

    The Foundation has just finished running one of its accredited training courses on the neuroscience of trauma to a group of 21 Early Childhood Educators working in Penrith.
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Creating a Brighter Future

Loving, positive relationships have the power to transform a child’s experience of childhood and shape their entire life. Help us to create brighter futures for children.