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Australian Childhood Foundation

Contact

Name: Felicity O?Meara

Position: Corporate Partnerships Coordinator

Email: fundraising@childhood.org.au

Address

PO Box 525

Ringwood

Melbourne 3134

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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.

The 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

Our People

Leadership Team

Joe Tucci – CEO

Janise Mitchell – Deputy CEO

Angela Weller – Manager, Child and Family Counselling

Noel MacNamara – National Manager, Therapeutic Care

Caroline Brown – State Manager, Child Trauma Service Tasmania

Marina Dickson – Manager, Vocational Education and Training

Beth Guy – Manager, Training and Professional Development

Debra Holmes – Manager, Safeguarding Children

Lisa Ranahan – Manager, Therapeutic Care

Craig McMillan – Manager, Partnerships and Fundraising

Cate Airey – Manager, Administration

Names of Board Members

President: Mr Simon McCall | Social Research

Honorary Treasurer:
Mr Simon Marsh| Accounting

Directors:
Mr Mark Thomas | Communications

Mr Jamie Perrott | Communications

Ms Julie Reilly | Not-for–profit

Mr Andrew Newbold | Solicitor, Company Director, President Hawthorn Football Club

Mr David Stephenson| Creative and digital business

Mr Justin Smith | Media

Mr Nick Pelham | Infrastructure and Mining

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 the Australian Childhood Foundation in your Will, please contact Craig McMillan at cmcmillan@childhood.org.au

General Donations

To make a donation to support the Australian Childhood Foundation’s work with children traumatised by abuse, neglect and family violence, please go to:

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

Other support

Unfortunately, due to the highly specialised nature of the work we do with extremely vulnerable children, the opportunities for volunteer work with the 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, joining and sharing the conversations on our Facebook page and Twitter feed, becoming a regular donor, or becoming a corporate partner. To find out more, please go to:

http://www.childhood.org.au/get-involved

Work with us

Volunteer with us

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.

The 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

Our People

Leadership Team

Joe Tucci – CEO

Janise Mitchell – Deputy CEO

Angela Weller – Manager, Child and Family Counselling

Noel MacNamara – National Manager, Therapeutic Care

Caroline Brown – State Manager, Child Trauma Service Tasmania

Marina Dickson – Manager, Vocational Education and Training

Beth Guy – Manager, Training and Professional Development

Debra Holmes – Manager, Safeguarding Children

Lisa Ranahan – Manager, Therapeutic Care

Craig McMillan – Manager, Partnerships and Fundraising

Cate Airey – Manager, Administration

Names of Board Members

President: Mr Simon McCall | Social Research

Honorary Treasurer:
Mr Simon Marsh| Accounting

Directors:
Mr Mark Thomas | Communications

Mr Jamie Perrott | Communications

Ms Julie Reilly | Not-for–profit

Mr Andrew Newbold | Solicitor, Company Director, President Hawthorn Football Club

Mr David Stephenson| Creative and digital business

Mr Justin Smith | Media

Mr Nick Pelham | Infrastructure and Mining

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 the Australian Childhood Foundation in your Will, please contact Craig McMillan at cmcmillan@childhood.org.au

General Donations

To make a donation to support the Australian Childhood Foundation’s work with children traumatised by abuse, neglect and family violence, please go to:

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

Other support

Unfortunately, due to the highly specialised nature of the work we do with extremely vulnerable children, the opportunities for volunteer work with the 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, joining and sharing the conversations on our Facebook page and Twitter feed, becoming a regular donor, or becoming a corporate partner. To find out more, please go to:

http://www.childhood.org.au/get-involved

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Our Annual Reports

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