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.

From Words To Actions

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

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Culture change campaign

Creating An Australia Where All Children Can Thrive

A CULTURE CHANGE CAMPAIGN | 2020 At the Valuing Children Initiative, we believe that...

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Valuing Children Launch

A Childhood Without Poverty

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

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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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Young to old and in-between worksheet

A printable worksheet for children to reflect and discuss what they look forward to...

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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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Quest To Kindness Worksheet

A printable worksheet for parents, teachers or carers to provide children to reflect and...

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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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Stay Mentally & Physically Healthy

A worksheet for children to discuss and brainstorm ways to stay mentally & physically...

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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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The Rights Of The Child | Articles Explained

An explanation and examples of each Article in the Convention on the Rights of...

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My Safety Network

A children’s resource by ChildSafe & The Valuing Children Initiative to help children in...

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Child’s Rights Word Search

Adapted from UNICEF’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, this is a fun...

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Rights of the Child

Convention on the Rights of the Child – For every child, every right. In...

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Child’s Rights Crossword Puzzle

Adapted from UNICEF’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, this is a fun...

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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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My Book Review

A book review worksheet for children to assist them in reflecting and discussing different...

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Creating A Welcoming Environment For Children

An informative resource on simple changes you can make to create a welcoming environment...

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Activity Planner

Get ready for a fun-filled school holidays with this free activity planner Brainstorm as...

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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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My Emotions Worksheet

A printable worksheet for parents, teachers or carers to provide children for discussion and...

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My Personal Growth Worksheet

A printable worksheet for parents, teachers or carers to provide children for discussion and...

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I Feel Valued When Worksheet

A printable worksheet for parents, teachers or carers to provide children to help them...

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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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About My Day Worksheet

A printable worksheet for parents, teachers or carers to provide children to help them...

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Supporting A Child’s Actions Through P.A.C.E

Playfulness | Acceptance | Curiosity | Empathy P.A.C.E is an approach that adults can...

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School Holiday Bingo

As a family set some goals, activities or plans you and your children want...

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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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Starting Digital Conversations At Home

An informative resource by DiGii Social & VCI on starting digital conversations at home...

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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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Questions To Ask Organisations About Your Child’s Safety

5 Questions for Parents to Ask Your Child’s safety is often at the forefront...

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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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All About Me

A Worksheet For Children To Fill Out All About Them & Their Interests –...

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Child Conversation Starters

Great Conversation Starters You Can Have Over Dinner With Children  

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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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6 Ways To Make Children Feel Valued

6 Awesome But Simple Ways To Make Children Feel Valued – Print Out

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Tips To Staying Safe During COVID

Tips To Staying Safe During COVID – Print Out  

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Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety Flyer – Print Out  

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Ways To Acknowledge Children’s Achievements

8 Ways To Acknowledge Children’s Achievements – Print Out  

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Foundation Paper

The Valuing Children Initiative Foundation Paper 2016 THIS PAPER WAS WRITTEN BY THE CONVENOR...

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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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Easter Ideas In Isolation

Easter Ideas and Activities During The COVID Pandemic  

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