What we do

The Valuing Children Initiative is driven by a passion for children’s wellbeing.  We work to ensure that all children in Australia experience the caring, safe, and supported childhood they deserve.

The fact that we continue to see poor outcomes for children in so many different areas is not because it’s impossible to do better or because we don’t know how to do better.   In the simplest of terms, the reason we continue to see such outcomes is because children are just not a high enough priority.

The Valuing Children Initiative is working hard to change this

We recognise the significant contribution that children and young people make to our society in the here and now.  Children bind families and communities together.  They bring laughter and love into our lives.  They remind us of the importance of play, to be curious, to notice life’s small details, to be creative, spontaneous, and honest, to value relationships and to appreciate the natural world.  Children are innovative and optimistic.  Their endless energy and enthusiasm gives us hope for the future.

The Valuing Children Initiative seeks to shift individual and collective attitudes so that it is ordinary and commonplace for adults to recognise and acknowledge the value of children.  If more adults value the contribution of children then more adults will advocate for children so it’s an important precursor to improved outcomes for kids.

Our work is centred around four pillars:

Listening – We recognise the importance of listening to children

Voice – We encourage children’s perspectives and participation

Safety – We believe all children should be safe and consider this to be a community responsibility

Growth – We believe all children should be given the opportunities and supports they need to reach their full potential.

The Valuing Children Initiative is interested in all issues that impact children and young people.  For example, children’s rights, including children and young people in decision making, online safety, abuse and neglect, child poverty, mental health, education, childhood obesity, child friendly urban planning, family violence, promoting the importance of play and environmental issues are areas of interest.  This is not an exhaustive list. In fact, most societal issues do impact children, but as society we don’t always recognise the impact or consider the world from a child’s perspective.

Our vision is broad, and our approach is unique.  We work strategically and creatively to achieve change.  Think advocacy, research, education, policy recommendations, partnerships, events, opinion pieces, resources, community art projects and activities to raise public awareness.

Every Child is Valuable

Their future is in your hands.

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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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Every child is valuable, so why do we accept child poverty in Australia?

  The existence of child poverty in Australia is undeniable, but would you be...

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Foundation Paper

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

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Video | Professor Fiona Stanley Lends Her Support

Professor Fiona Stanley Lends Her Support To The Valuing Children Initiative The official launch...

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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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From Words To Actions

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

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The Valuing Children Initiative Benchmark Survey: 2016

Full Report – Australians Attitudes to Children. Date: July 19, 2016.Client: The Valuing Children...

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