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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2022 Survey: Adult attitudes towards children

2022 survey and research.

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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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Every Child is Valuable

Their future is in your hands.

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Quick Facts

How are Australian children faring?

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Youth Spotlight: Indigo Ellis

Meet 16-year-old award winning singer/songwriter Indigo Ellis.

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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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What can adults learn from children

What can adults learn from children?

A report by the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA.

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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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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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Youth Spotlight: Bella Burgemeister

Meet Bella Burgemeister: Climate change activist, youth advocate and our VCI Ambassador.

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Top 10 tips to help kids cope with troubling world events

A printable poster with our top 10 tips to help kids cope with troubling...

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Homeless children

Why Listening to Homeless Children is Crucial

The importance of recognising and responding to the needs of homeless children as part...

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Successful co-parenting after separation

“I feel sad because I think it’s my fault." These are the heartbreaking words...

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Through their eyes: social media toolkit

Material to help you share the perspective of children going through parental separation.

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2021 Mission Australia Youth Survey

About the Mission Australia Youth Survey The Mission Australia Youth Survey is the largest annual survey...

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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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Word search | What are my rights?

The Convention on the Rights of the Child covers a whole range of different...

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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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Child sexual abuse

How silence and denial keeps child sexual abuse victims in the dark

A recent article published by the ABC focusing on intrafamilial sexual assault refers to...

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Missing Out Matters: Child Poverty in Western Australia

Adjunct Professor Tony Pietropiccolo AM Director, Centrecare Inc and co-Founder, Valuing Children Initiative Children...

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Lester Prize Youth Awards

2021 Lester Prize Youth Award won by printmaker Emilia Traverso

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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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Reducing Poverty and Improving Child Development

Anglicare WA’s ‘Reducing Poverty and Improving Child Development in WA’ report highlights the significant impact...

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Preventing child sexual abuse

A guide for children and young people on the National Strategy to prevent child...

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Children’s Voices in a Changing World

UNICEF Australia recently published their 2021 Young Ambassador Report ‘Children’s Voices in a Changing...

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Values: What Is Important to Me?

A printable set of worksheets to help children explore their personal values. Knowing your...

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Still Unseen & Ignored

Findings from the 2021 Australian Childhood Foundation Still Unseen & Ignored report show that...

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Child abuse in Australia: Why you should care

In 2019–20, one in every 32 Australian children aged 0-17 required some form of...

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Printable resource

How To Be a Good Friend

What to do when you notice your friend is feeling blue. A free printable...

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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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My Feelings & Needs: What I Need From Others

My Feelings & Needs: A printable worksheet to help children express what they need...

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Involve me in decisions that affect me

A printable poster encouraging you to ask questions that involve children in decision-making processes....

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What we can learn from the story of Cleo Smith

The disappearance of Cleo Smith dominated the news cycle for weeks. Police received more than...

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“A Child’s Voice” Research Project

Dr Madeleine Dobson– Curtin University School of Education and Dr Vicky Absalom-Hornby– Child Australia...

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Sleep Hygiene: A Guide for Parents

A printable guide to sleep hygiene rules, for parents of younger children.  In life,...

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Gratitude Worksheet

A printable worksheet for children to assist in developing gratitude practices. The active practice...

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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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I’m Unique!

A printable worksheet for children to celebrate what makes them unique!  

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Treasured Memory

A printable worksheet for children to assist in coping with grief and loss of...

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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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Mentally Healthy Planner

A printable planner for children to map out their mentally healthy goals through Act...

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The Importance of Play

By Kereth Harris In this referenced article, teacher and writer, Kereth Harris, explains why...

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What I Enjoy & What I Would Change About…

A printable worksheet for children to voice their opinion about what they enjoy at...

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Your Opinion Matters

A printable worksheet for children to express and voice their opinion about something they...

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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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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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Coping with Difficult Emotions

A printable worksheet that helps children identify difficult emotions as well as the positive...

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