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Australian Childhood Foundation

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Name: Catherine Robertson

Position: Fundraising Manager

Email: fundraising@childhood.org.au

Website: http://www.childhood.org.au

Address

PO BOX 3335

Richmond VIC 3121

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Our Mission / Objective

Children who are abused and neglected are deprived of the joy and warmth that love and care gives them. They are robbed of a sense of safety and often, an ability to trust others. They feel frightened and alone. The world feels unpredictable and unsafe, and children are forced to shut down to protect themelves and survive. Their lives are shattered and they need specialised help to recover.

Australian Childhood Foundation works to ensure traumatised children’s voices are heard. We use cutting-edge neuroscience to inform the way we protect and support children, and help adults to understand their trauma and what these children need to recover. We work to create social change to ensure the prioritisation of child safety and protection by governments and the legal system, and to keep it at the forefront of community awareness and concern.

Our Services

Trauma Counselling – our specialist trauma counselling team uses a range of therapies to help traumatised children make sense of their experiences, understand the abuse was not their fault, let go of the feelings of shame, betrayal and hurt that have dominated their lives, and feel safe enough to eventually be able to enjoy being a child.

Therapeutic Residential and Foster Care support – we create around traumatised children strong, supportive and stable relationships that make them feel safe and promote their healing. By supporting carers to better understand the nature of trauma and how to meet the needs of the children in their care, carers feel less overwhelmed by the challenging behaviours that result from trauma, and more empowered to respond to those behaviours in a way that helps the child to recovery.

Research – through our partnership with Monash University, we are continually learning more about the causes and consequences of child abuse, and are able to develop new ways of supporting children who have suffered abuse, neglect and violence in partnership with our Trauma Recovery Teams.

Training – by translating our understanding of the science and knowledge of the impacts of trauma on the brain and therefore the behaviour of children traumatised by abuse and neglect, we empower police, child protection workers, education, health and welfare professionals to respond to, and support, traumatised children in a way that helps their recovery.

Safeguarding Children – our Safeguarding Children team works with child-based organisations to make sure they are able to protect the children in their care from abuse and exploitation by staff and volunteers.

Parenting Support – our Parenting Support Team works with parents who are struggling, to make changes in the way they are raising their children. Specialist support workers run groups that help parents focus on improving their relationships with their children and stop the cycles of destructive behaviour with their children.

Community Action – our Community Action team advocates for children, putting pressure on governments to prioritise and appropriately resource the protection and recovery of children. Our team represents children by making submissions and providing insights to government inquiries. It also works to raise community awareness about child abuse and ways we can take collective action to stop violence against children.

Projects in Progress

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.

Our People

Leadership Team

Joe Tucci – CEO

Janise Mitchell – Deputy CEO

Craig McMillan – Executive Manager, Partnerships, Fundraising and Marketing

Marina Dickson – Executive Manager, Professional Education Services

Noel Macnamara – Executive Manager, Research and Policy

Jenny Wing – General Manager, Therapeutic Services

Rhiannon Wright – General Manager, Safeguarding Children Services

Names of Board Members

President: Mr David Stephenson | Advertising

Honorary Treasurer: Mr Rod Naismith | Accounting

Directors:

Mr Mark Thomas | Communications

Mr Justin Smith | Media

Mr Nick Pelham | Infrastructure

Dr Ciara Earley | Paediatrics

Mr Rod Lamplugh | Law

Mr Cliff Weeks | Aboriginal Affairs

Ms Claire Boussioutas | Consultancy

Registration Information

ABN

28 057 044 514

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

If you would like to talk confidentially and without any obligation about including Australian Childhood Foundation in your Will, please contact Catherine Robertson, Fundraising Manager at fundraising@childhood.org.au

General Donations

To make a donation to support Australian Childhood Foundation’s work with children affected by trauma, abuse, neglect and family violence, please visit our website.

Other support

Be a force for childhood: fundraising for Australian Childhood Foundation 

Your love in action, your energy and creativity are just what we need to help Australian Childhood Foundation continue to create safer and happier childhoods.

Your support ensures children can recover from the devastating impacts of trauma, violence and abuse.

By hosting your own event, taking on a challenge or using a celebration to raise funds, you’re showing children that they’re not alone; they’re a part of a community that cares and supports children to reclaim their childhood.

Visit our website to learn more about fundraising for Australian Childhood Foundation.

Work with us

No matter where you’re at in your career, we want to help you excel. If you have a commitment to hard work and would love the opportunity to support children and families around Australia, we want to hear from you. There are so many ways you can be a part of Australian Childhood Foundation. See how you can be a part of us below!

Australian Childhood Foundation was formed in 1986 with its primary aim to advocate on behalf of children who have suffered abuse and neglect. We work to prevent child abuse and reduce the harm it causes to children, families and the community. We provide specialist trauma counselling and therapeutic care to child victims of abuse, as well as running research, education and community awareness programs.

Find out more here.

Volunteer with us

Unfortunately, due to the highly specialised nature of the work we do with extremely vulnerable children, the opportunities for volunteer work with Australian Childhood Foundation are somewhat limited. What we do need, however, is support in raising community awareness of the scope and impact of this major social issue, and in extending our reach to help as many children as possible.

Please consider fundraising, workplace giving, connecting with us on Facebook, becoming a regular donor, or becoming a corporate partner. To find out more, visit our website.

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

Children who are abused and neglected are deprived of the joy and warmth that love and care gives them. They are robbed of a sense of safety and often, an ability to trust others. They feel frightened and alone. The world feels unpredictable and unsafe, and children are forced to shut down to protect themelves and survive. Their lives are shattered and they need specialised help to recover.

Australian Childhood Foundation works to ensure traumatised children’s voices are heard. We use cutting-edge neuroscience to inform the way we protect and support children, and help adults to understand their trauma and what these children need to recover. We work to create social change to ensure the prioritisation of child safety and protection by governments and the legal system, and to keep it at the forefront of community awareness and concern.

Our Services

Trauma Counselling – our specialist trauma counselling team uses a range of therapies to help traumatised children make sense of their experiences, understand the abuse was not their fault, let go of the feelings of shame, betrayal and hurt that have dominated their lives, and feel safe enough to eventually be able to enjoy being a child.

Therapeutic Residential and Foster Care support – we create around traumatised children strong, supportive and stable relationships that make them feel safe and promote their healing. By supporting carers to better understand the nature of trauma and how to meet the needs of the children in their care, carers feel less overwhelmed by the challenging behaviours that result from trauma, and more empowered to respond to those behaviours in a way that helps the child to recovery.

Research – through our partnership with Monash University, we are continually learning more about the causes and consequences of child abuse, and are able to develop new ways of supporting children who have suffered abuse, neglect and violence in partnership with our Trauma Recovery Teams.

Training – by translating our understanding of the science and knowledge of the impacts of trauma on the brain and therefore the behaviour of children traumatised by abuse and neglect, we empower police, child protection workers, education, health and welfare professionals to respond to, and support, traumatised children in a way that helps their recovery.

Safeguarding Children – our Safeguarding Children team works with child-based organisations to make sure they are able to protect the children in their care from abuse and exploitation by staff and volunteers.

Parenting Support – our Parenting Support Team works with parents who are struggling, to make changes in the way they are raising their children. Specialist support workers run groups that help parents focus on improving their relationships with their children and stop the cycles of destructive behaviour with their children.

Community Action – our Community Action team advocates for children, putting pressure on governments to prioritise and appropriately resource the protection and recovery of children. Our team represents children by making submissions and providing insights to government inquiries. It also works to raise community awareness about child abuse and ways we can take collective action to stop violence against children.

Projects in Progress

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.

Our People

Leadership Team

Joe Tucci – CEO

Janise Mitchell – Deputy CEO

Craig McMillan – Executive Manager, Partnerships, Fundraising and Marketing

Marina Dickson – Executive Manager, Professional Education Services

Noel Macnamara – Executive Manager, Research and Policy

Jenny Wing – General Manager, Therapeutic Services

Rhiannon Wright – General Manager, Safeguarding Children Services

Names of Board Members

President: Mr David Stephenson | Advertising

Honorary Treasurer: Mr Rod Naismith | Accounting

Directors:

Mr Mark Thomas | Communications

Mr Justin Smith | Media

Mr Nick Pelham | Infrastructure

Dr Ciara Earley | Paediatrics

Mr Rod Lamplugh | Law

Mr Cliff Weeks | Aboriginal Affairs

Ms Claire Boussioutas | Consultancy

Registration Information

ABN

28 057 044 514

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

If you would like to talk confidentially and without any obligation about including Australian Childhood Foundation in your Will, please contact Catherine Robertson, Fundraising Manager at fundraising@childhood.org.au

General Donations

To make a donation to support Australian Childhood Foundation’s work with children affected by trauma, abuse, neglect and family violence, please visit our website.

Other support

Be a force for childhood: fundraising for Australian Childhood Foundation 

Your love in action, your energy and creativity are just what we need to help Australian Childhood Foundation continue to create safer and happier childhoods.

Your support ensures children can recover from the devastating impacts of trauma, violence and abuse.

By hosting your own event, taking on a challenge or using a celebration to raise funds, you’re showing children that they’re not alone; they’re a part of a community that cares and supports children to reclaim their childhood.

Visit our website to learn more about fundraising for Australian Childhood Foundation.

Work with us

No matter where you’re at in your career, we want to help you excel. If you have a commitment to hard work and would love the opportunity to support children and families around Australia, we want to hear from you. There are so many ways you can be a part of Australian Childhood Foundation. See how you can be a part of us below!

Australian Childhood Foundation was formed in 1986 with its primary aim to advocate on behalf of children who have suffered abuse and neglect. We work to prevent child abuse and reduce the harm it causes to children, families and the community. We provide specialist trauma counselling and therapeutic care to child victims of abuse, as well as running research, education and community awareness programs.

Find out more here.

Volunteer with us

Unfortunately, due to the highly specialised nature of the work we do with extremely vulnerable children, the opportunities for volunteer work with Australian Childhood Foundation are somewhat limited. What we do need, however, is support in raising community awareness of the scope and impact of this major social issue, and in extending our reach to help as many children as possible.

Please consider fundraising, workplace giving, connecting with us on Facebook, becoming a regular donor, or becoming a corporate partner. To find out more, visit our website.

Our Annual Reports

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