• 'Life in Colour'- the 2016 NAB Graduate Major Fundraiser

    Last year, the NAB graduates of Melbourne and Sydney got together to raise funds to support the Australian Childhood Foundation. After an astonishingly successful campaign, we asked them to tell us a little about how they managed to exceed even their own expectations, in the hope it may inspire others to have a go.

  • An Interview with Foundation Ambassador - Clint Newton

    Foundation Ambassador, General Manager  Player Relations  of the Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) and former player for the Newcastle Knights, Melbourne Storm and Penrith Panthers, is one of our most passionate advocates for children. Here he shares some insight into his own childhood, along with why the work of the Foundation is important to him.

  • What comes after trauma-informed practice?

    Knowledge of the neurobiology of trauma has shaped our work for at least 15 years now.  We have advocated that being trauma-informed is essential... but what comes next? Foundation CEO Dr Joe Tucci shares his projections of what the field of childhood trauma needs now.

  • Permanency and Stability in Out of Home Care

    We recently had the opportunity to submit to the Victorian Enquiry into the Implementation of the Children, Youth and Families Amendments (Permanent Care and Other Matters) ACT 2014 (Permanency Amendment Inquiry). In the submission, we highlighted our experience working with children placed in Out of Home Care in Victoria, as well as our strongly held belief that permanence promotes stability. 


  • Residential Care in Australia

    There has been ongoing concern about the safety and quality of children’s experiences in Australia’s residential care systems for a very long time. The ABC Four Corners program that aired last week, 'Broken Homes', is another example of the concerns that have been expressed by many. We heard again about the lack of safety experienced by the young people and the failures in the system to support staff. The program raised many questions about child protection systems in Australia. This blog reflects on some of those questions.

  • A 30 year journey

    It is 30 years almost to the day that the Australian Childhood Foundation was first incorporated as an organisation, and here, Foundation CEO Dr Joe Tucci reflects on why we were first formed, what we have achieved, and what is yet to be done for children.

  • Youth and Porn - Sensational to Developmental

    porn youth problem sexual behaviour australian childhood foundation Russell Pratt, Statewide Principal Practitioner, Office of Professional Practice, Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria, and Cyra Fernandes, Team Leader, Child and Family Counselling Program, Child Trauma Service share their insight and perspectives on young people exposed to porn: Why we should move from the sensational to the developmental.
  • Think before you post! Reducing the risk when posting pics of kids online.

    Many children under the age of nine were born with a digital footprint in existence before they even left the womb.  These children inherit their digital profiles as a work in progress from a parent - who may or may not understand the dangers and vulnerabilities that such a profile can create. Here, Australian cyber security expert Susan McLean shares her cautions and recommendations with those who work with children and families.

  • Don Dale : Beyond Anger

    Reflecting on 'Australia's Shame' and the outrage that has followed the airing of the Four Corners episode, Lauren Thomas considers what we as a group of professionals working with vulnerable children can do.

  • Corporate Partnerships - What are they really about?

    Corporate Partnerships As a not-for-profit organisation working with and for our community, connections and support are vital to us; they are the lifeblood of our existence. In fact, for us at the Foundation in particular, there is an interesting echo of our work with children in what we also seek to create for ourselves as an organisation. 
  • Changing the language of family violence

    With the Royal Commission into Family Violence now moving into the public hearing phase, the Foundation made its own submission. One of the arguments that we made was that family violence is an aggregated construct that in itself continues to limit the development of effective social policy.

  • For the Love of a Child

    A just society advocates the loudest for its most silenced, not for its most powerful writes Dr Joe Tucci, encouraging each of us to speak up for children.
  • Raunch Culture

    As a parent, there is always that one question from your child that you struggle to answer. I never would have predicted the one that finally stumped me when it was asked by my 4 year old son at the time. With both of his Italian grandparents in the car, he asked me innocently and loudly - “Dad, how do you make your sex last longer?”

  • The Uncertainty of Child Protection

    Child protection is a minefield of impossible decisions. Children live with the consequences of each judgement, each choice. Here, Joe Tucci looks at the difficulties of working within and alongside Child Protection, calling for support as well as scrutiny for its workers.

  • Big Day Scout

    Recently, we were invited to participate in the Big Day Scout, the largest gathering of Scouts in Victoria in the last 50 years.
  • Championing the #NotAnotherChild cause

    The topic of child abuse leaves many people feeling somewhat overwhelmed, disempowered and uncertain about how they can play a part in the protection of children. Much of the #NotAnotherChild campaign is aimed at redressing this gap in understanding, so that as a community, we all begin to feel more confident in engaging with the issue in ways that make a meaningful difference.  In this blog entry, Dani Colvin highlights two examples of how members of the Australian community have used their abilities to help start conversation and increase awareness of child abuse.

  • The legacy of Robin Clark

    Robin Clarke ongoing inspiration

    Robyn Clark provides an on-going inspiration for all who work to promote the rights of and the protection of children in Australia. Here Noel Macnamara reflects on the impact she still has on his own work, and how her legacy might inspire us all.

  • "The right to think and believe what they want"

    Article 14 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that

    “Children have the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion, so long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.  Parents should guide children on these matters.” 

  • Luke's life matters

    A coronial inquest has begun into the death of a little boy who loved cricket and football. He was a little boy with a shining smile. He had gentle eyes.