What we do

The Valuing Children Initiative aims to inspire Australians to value all children, understand that a child’s wellbeing is the shared responsibility of the entire community, and ensure children are at the forefront of our considerations. The vision of the Valuing Children Initiative is the creation of a society in which all children can flourish, have a safe, caring, and supportive childhood and maximise their potential.

Through the four pillars of value, we advocate for children to be listened to, for children to have a voice in society, for children’s safety to be paramount and children’s growth to be championed by all Australians.

The Valuing Children Initiative is a population approach to better outcomes for our future generations and our communities. When we value all children as citizens, we build a better community for everyone. With government and community advocacy for children; together we can build a population that values children and thrives from improved wellbeing.

The Valuing Children Campaign Calls For

  • Valuing Children Campaign to raise public awareness about children’s needs, issues and wellbeing.
  • Children as citizens
  • Minister for Children and Youth in every Australian state and territory and a federal Minister for Children and Youth (cabinet position)
  • Child wellbeing data that includes the voices of children and young people and the establishment of aspirational targets for Australian children.
  • Valuing Children’s Alliance is a collective of dedicated individuals and organisations who work together to get better outcomes for children.

Building A Better Way Back Together

WACOSS Conference | 22 – 24 February 2021 The WACOSS Finding Ground: Building a...

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Valuing Children Four Pillar – Book Series

Written by Natalie Caudle & illustrated by Aleisha Zappia We are pleased to introduce...

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COVID-19 AND CHILDREN’S RIGHTS IN AUSTRALIA: A CALL TO ACTION

September 2020 | Save The Children Publication Save the Children is calling for urgent...

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Community services call for children to be prioritised in post-pandemic response

MEDIA RELEASE 9 DECEMBER 2020 Community services in WA have identified children as the...

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Valuing Children Day at Perth Heat!

Perth Heat and the Valuing Children Initiative are excited to invite you to THE...

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children continue to be separated from families and culture at an alarming rate

Family Matters Report 2020 – NOVEMBER 16, 2020 Media Release by Family Matters has...

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Time Children Had The Same Protection

By Linda Savage, Ambassador for Children and Young People in Western Australia Many people...

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Youth HIP-HOP Songwriting Workshop

Create your own song with Scott Griffiths aka Optamus from Downsyde! Get the chance...

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Get Involved & Support!

Would you or your company like to support The Valuing Children Initiative?  We are...

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Australian Children and Young People’s Knowledge Acceleration Hub Key Findings

Australian Children and Young People’s Knowledge Acceleration Hub is an initiative by ARACY and...

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Mentally Healthy Partners

We’re excited to announce our partnership with the Act-Belong-Commit campaign. The Valuing Children Initiative...

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Young people’s experiences of domestic and family violence

New findings from the ACT Throughout 2019-2020 the ACT Children and Young People Commissioner...

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Impacts of COVID-19 on children and young people who contact Kids Helpline (2020)

Report co-authored by Kids Helpline and the Australian Human Rights Commission Kids Helpline and...

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Five challenges facing children and young people

Child and Youth Statement | Rebuild better, Renew commitments and Re-centre policy around the...

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A Silent Tragedy

Article written by Dr. Luis Rojas Marcos Psychiatrist. There is a silent tragedy that...

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From Words To Actions

Extracts from The Joint Standing Committee on the Commissioner for Children and Young People...

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W.A Service for young people experiencing urgent mental health crisis

State Government launches Emergency Telehealth | Western Suburbs Weekly WA kids now have a...

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Children At Risk Of Destitution In Australia

Extracts From Article: No Child Left Behind 16,000 children are at risk of destitution...

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Children Are In Danger And It’s Everyone’s Responsibility

Extracts From Article: ‘What’s surprising is the scale of the problem’: One in seven...

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What Are We Doing About Child Poverty?

WACOSS Community Relief and Resilience Conference 2017. The Valuing Children Initiative was established in...

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Child abuse in Australia

I wish I could give you better news about child abuse in Australia but...

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There is an urgency to invest in children

Extracts From Article: Why recovery needs to have children at its centre In the...

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Newsletter | July 2020

Highlights From Valuing Children Initiative Newsletter July 2020 We at the Valuing Children Initiative...

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Reducing The Harm: Children & Pornography

Round table discussion “Reducing the harm: Let’s talk about children and pornography” This August,...

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Conscious or Unconscious Barriers to Success

Linda Savage speaks about the work of the Valuing Children Initiative which was established...

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When our best efforts don’t seem to be enough

Child Aware Approaches Conference 2017 Thank you for joining me this morning. My name...

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Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse The Valuing...

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What will it take to keep children safe?

How many Royal Commissions does it take to keep children safe? A decade ago...

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Tomorrow’s adults may well feel let down by us

How modern, affluent 21st-century Australian society can tolerate a life for other people’s children...

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Children are seen, but are they really heard?

80 percent of Australians are worried about the health and happiness of future generations...

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The enemy of children and future generations

Short Termism – The enemy of Children and Future Generations The tendency to focus...

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Minister for minors

Valuing Children Initiative calls for a minister for minors In Australia, almost 18 percent...

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Safety and wellbeing of children

Valuing children crucial to safety and well-being of children With recent reports of children...

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Are you responsible for Australia’s children?

PART C – Synopsis of the VCI Benchmark Survey 2016 Part C – April...

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Survey Highlights Almost half of survey respondents (48%) believe it is more challenging to be a child today than in the past. Only 16% believe that Australia is a safer society to grow up in today than in the past. The top five most commonly chosen words chosen to describe children were: Spoilt Fortunate Lazy Selfish Vulnerable 78% believe that children today are more disrespectful than previous generations. Almost half (49%) said that children today have too many rights. Almost one in three (32%) do not believe that the opinions of children should be considered as being as important as the opinions of adults. 63% said that a child’s word is less likely to be believed than that of an adult.

How do we perceive children in Australia today?

PART B – Synopsis of the VCI Benchmark Survey 2016 Part B – March...

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Are children at the forefront of our considerations?

PART A – Synopsis of the VCI Benchmark Survey 2016 Part A considers the...

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Dr. Brian Babington

A Valuing Children Ambassador At a special event held in Perth last week, I...

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Valuing children through art

Lance Chadd – Valuing Children through his art Lance Chadd, a Nyoongar Aboriginal artist...

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Dr. Sue Packer, AM

A Valuing Children Ambassador We are delighted to announce that Dr. Sue Packer, AM;...

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Nature is being replaced by screentime

E Brain Rountable- How nature is being replaced by screentime On 29 May, the...

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Video – Professor Fiona Stanley

Passionate children’s advocate, Professor Fiona Stanley endorses The Valuing Children Initiative (VCI).  Speaking via video,...

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Do children belong to their parents?

70% of Australians say that children ‘belong’ to their parents. A survey commissioned by...

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A child’s word is still less likely to be believed

63% of Australians say that a child’s word is still less likely to be...

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A crucial moment in time for Australia’s children

2017 marks a critical juncture for children’s safety and wellbeing. As two Royal Commissions...

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Tomorrow’s adults may feel let down by us

Media Release Growing frustration amongst voters, and a sense of dis-empowerment, has led to...

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Are children heard

Children are seen- but are they really heard?

The Valuing Children Initiative Benchmark Survey: 2016 (the Survey) has found that 80% of...

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What will it take to keep children safe?

As two Royal Commissions currently examine the mistreatment of children, the Valuing Children Initiative...

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National minister for children and future generations

The Valuing Children Initiative again calls for the appointment of a national minister for...

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A Childhood Without Poverty

By Adj Prof Tony Pietropiccolo, AM In recent years there has been much work...

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