• '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.