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.

VCI Newsletters

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Moorditj Mural Masters

Mentorship, for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists aged 16 years and over.

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New research

New research set to explore the shift in Australian adult attitudes towards children

MEDIA RELEASE May 4, 2022

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Federal Election Priorities 2022

Federal Election Priorities 2022

It’s fair to say, these are troubling times. In recent months and years Australians...

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Election priorities 2022

Election priorities for a government that puts children first

MEDIA RELEASE March 29, 2022 The Valuing Children Initiative (VCI) has today released its...

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Every Child is valuable. Their future is in our hands

Media release: VCI Launch 'Every Child is Valuable' campaign

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Glenda Kickett

VCI welcomes new ambassador, Dr Glenda Kickett

MEDIA RELEASE – NOVEMBER 17, 2021 The Valuing Children Initiative (VCI) is proud to...

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Book Club With a Twist

MEDIA RELEASE December 8, 2021 What do you get when you combine baseball and...

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Lester Prize Youth Awards

2021 Lester Prize Youth Award won by printmaker Emilia Traverso

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Book Week Celebrations: A first for the VCI

MEDIA RELEASE: AUGUST 24, 2021 The Valuing Children Initiative (VCI) is celebrating Book Week...

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Building A Better Way Back Together

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

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STATE ELECTION PRIORITIES 2021

Published 15/02/2021 The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on countries, communities and...

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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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Youth HIP-HOP Songwriting Workshop

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

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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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Valuing Children Four Pillar Book Series

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

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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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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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Roundtable Discussions

VCI Round-table discussions 1-3 The focus of the VCI is on society’s attitudes towards...

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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

Dr. Brian Babington

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

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Lance Chadd

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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