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Official Launch of The Valuing Children Initiative

Official Launch of The Valuing Children Initiative – Gallery. 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.

How we value children impacts on our attitudes, behaviours and actions towards them.

In a power point  presentation to the ARACY Conference, ‘Making Prevention Work’ (2009),  Dr Lance Emerson (CEO ARACY), and Pam Muth (Allen Consulting Group), described the antecedents of complex problems affecting children and young people beginning with societal values and how we individually and as a community value children,  because this directly impacts on attitudes and behaviours towards children, which directly impacts on programs and policies.

Conscious or Unconscious Barriers to Success.

Thank you for joining me this afternoon. I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, and pay my respects to their elders, past and present. My name is Linda Savage and I am the Convenor of the Valuing Children Initiative. Today I will be talking about the work of the Valuing Children Initiative which was established this year by two large West Australian NFP organisations, Centrecare (Inc.) and Parkerville Children and Youth Care (Inc.) Both these organisations provide a wide range of services for children, families and communities, and have done so for decades. Their evidenced based services are underpinned by a commitment to measuring success, and have resulted in many Read more…

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

The Valuing Children Initiative (VCI) is grateful for the opportunity to make a submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission), and wishes to acknowledge the work of the Royal Commission in this landmark inquiry.. This submission is in response to the Terms of Reference of the Royal Commission, in particular clauses a, d and f, and based on the advocacy and research the VCI has undertaken relevant to broader issues raised by the work of the Royal Commission. Executive Summary. This submission focuses on highlighting the role that deeply embedded societal attitudes about children have played in creating a cultural context, both in institutions and in the wider community, which enabled the Read more…

Care for Kids Campaign : 1979.

Care For Kids TV commercial went to air around Australia in 1979 commemorating the UN’s “International Year of the Child”. Jingles like this show just how powerful and memorable such campaigns can be to impart information and create awareness. Wouldn’t it be great if we could have a similar campaign to once again highlight the value of our nation’s children? The VCI believes that 2017 marks a critical juncture for Australia’s children. With two Royal Commissions due to report on the abuse and mistreatment of children, it presents a genuine opportunity to reflect on our attitudes to children as part of a commitment to ensuring their safety and wellbeing. The pending release of Royal Commission recommendations also provides a timely opportunity to promote Read more…

When our best efforts don’t seem to be enough – Child Aware Approaches Conference 2017.

Thank you for joining me this morning. My name is Linda Savage and I am Convenor of the Valuing Children Initiative. I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land and pay my respects to their elders, past and present. My Policy Think Space session is titled ‘When our best efforts don’t seem to be enough’. So what do I mean when I say our best efforts on behalf of children don’t seem to be enough despite widespread concern that far too many children are not experiencing the safe, caring and supportive childhood they deserve and have a right to? I certainly don’t mean that people are not trying hard enough. Quite the opposite in fact, Read more…

What Are We Doing About Child Poverty? – WACOSS Community Relief and Resilience Conference 2017.

The Valuing Children Initiative was established in January 2016 by Parkerville and Centrecare to progress the very simple but important idea that children have value. The Valuing Children Initiative believes in a society that values all children, not just our own; a society in which children have immense significance, not just for who they can become, but also for who they are at any time in their life’s journey; communities where children are celebrated and which make every effort to help them flourish and maximise their potential; a culture in which they are seen as citizens in their own right and their needs and expectations not melded as one with those of adults.  Wouldn’t it be amazing to live in Read more…

How I wish I could give you better news.

How I wish I could give you better news about child abuse in Australia but I cannot. Simply put, the latest tranche of national statistics shows that we are not going in the right direction. Earlier this month the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare issued Child protection Australia 2015-16. The following charts highlight trends on key fronts, from child abuse substantiations, to the number of children in out-of-home care, and the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children on care and protection orders compared with children from non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. I think these charts speak for themselves: clearly we continue to face a major national problem. Amongst the “green shoots” however, is the growing attention Read more…

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 The 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 Read more…

Launch of parenting is forever’ – by Dr. Elizabeth Green.

LINDA SAVAGE, CONVENOR OF THE VCI, LAUNCHED THE BOOK ‘PARENTING IS FOREVER’ – BY DR. ELIZABETH GREEN,  ON WEDNESDAY 1st NOVEMBER 2017 at UWA CLUB. Let me begin by welcoming you, and acknowledging that we are meeting on the traditional lands of the Wadjuk Noongar people, and pay my respects to their elders past, present and future.My name is Linda Savage, I am the Convenor of the Valuing Children Initiative, and it is my great pleasure to be here tonight to launch Dr Elizabeth Green’s book, ‘Parenting is Forever’. Many of you here tonight are friends and colleagues of Elizabeth’s, and so know that there are few people more qualified than Elizabeth, to write a book about parenting.Elizabeth is a specialist paediatrician Read more…