Valuing Children Initiative – Roundtable discussions

round table

Valuing Children Initiative – Roundtable discussions

The focus of the VCI is on society’s attitudes towards children because they play a pivotal role in a child’s safety and wellbeing.  Attitudes to children, how we value them individually and as a section of society, directly impacts on how we treat them, and the priority we give their needs and rights.

Societal attitudes drive change, and expectations about what is acceptable. This is obvious when you reflect on how attitudes have changed to the participation of women in public life, children born to single mothers, the protection of the environment; and smoking today

RoundtablesThe VCI has co-hosted three Roundtables in the last year bringing together experts and leaders committed to the wellbeing of children. Each Roundtable has been tailored for attendees across a range of areas including the not for profit sector, the government sector, the corporate sector and philanthropists.

The purpose of the Roundtables has been to generate discussion that promotes a focus on children, to consider strategies that ensure the safety and wellbeing of children is a greater priority, consider the evidence that supports the proposition that investing in children is not just a matter of fairness but benefits everyone and consider what drives attitudes to children. To date more than 55 people have participated in these Roundtables.

ROUNDTABLE ONE

CO-HOSTED BY THE VALUING CHILDREN INITIATIVE AND THE MCCUSKER CENTRE FOR CITIZENSHIP

Effective strategies to change attitudes towards valuing children in our community.

The discussion was led by Professor Mike Daube, Professor of Health Policy at Curtin University and Director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute and the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth.  Professor Daube is an internationally recognised expert in driving change in the public health sector.

Professor Daube provided a road map based on his four decades of experience in changing attitudes to smoking and alcohol, and shared The 10 commandments needed for social change.

ROUNDTABLE TWO

CO-HOSTED BY THE VALUING CHILDREN INITIATIVE AND THE CENTRE FOR PARENTING EXCELLENCE

Rethinking how we ensure children’s needs and rights are at the forefront of our considerations.

Professor Carmen Lawrence, first woman Premier and Treasurer of a State government and former Federal government Minister, led the discussion by speaking about the forces driving significant social change in key areas of contemporary challenge and the effects of inequality on children’s wellbeing.

ROUNDTABLE THREE

CO-HOSTED BY THE VALUING CHILDREN INITIATIVE AND THE MINDEROO FOUNDATION.

Realising human potential in a rapidly changing world begins with children.

Donna_CrossProfessor Donna Cross, leading child health researcher and the Director of the Early Childhood Development and Learning Collaboration (CoLab), opened the discussion with a presentation on how quality early childhood learning and development programs, especially for disadvantaged children, can foster valuable skills, strengthen Australia’s workforce and reduce lifetime inequality, while growing the Australian economy, and reducing social spending. Donna also shared research snapshots on Brain development in early childhood and Poverty and the developing child.