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.

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

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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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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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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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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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School Holiday Bingo

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

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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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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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A Silent Tragedy

Article written by Dr. Luis Rojas Marcos Psychiatrist. There is a silent tragedy that...

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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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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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From Words To Actions

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

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Australians’ attitudes towards children

Snapshot findings of Australian’s attitudes towards children.   Click below to view a snapshot...

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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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