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.

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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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Australians’ attitudes to children

A synopsis of the VCI Benchmark Survey 2016 The ambitious vision of the Valuing...

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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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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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child safety

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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Children failed by society

Children failed by a society that knows the cost of everything and the value...

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What the public thinks

Looking after the interests of children ranks only 9th out of 10 priorities for...

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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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Prioritising children’s wellbeing.

As we make the transition from lockdown to a new normal we must give...

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A child’s voice

When we prioritise children- we see the wealth that children have to offer. Often...

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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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