Berry Street believes all children should have a good childhood. Unfortunately we know this is not the case for many children in Australia. Whilst the majority of today's children are flourishing, the wellbeing of an increasing number of others appears to be in decline.

The Berry Street Childhood Institute has been established to respond on a national scale to the complex social issues that impact on children’s experience of childhood. We aim to do this by collaboratively building & sharing knowledge, encouraging public dialogue and mobilising leadership.

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Across Berry Street we are developing a number of innovative services and practices with the aim of better supporting children who have not experienced a good childhood.

The Berry Street Childhood Institute understands the importance of thoroughly evaluating new approaches so we can assess their effectiveness and impact. Through partnerships with universities, other research institutes and our Fellows, we are scrutinising our initiatives with a view to sharing what we learn with other service providers, government and academics.

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We are increasingly facing the co-occurrence of multiple and complex social problems. For children, their vulnerability is heightened in families experiencing a range of interrelated issues such as substance abuse, mental illness, family violence and poverty.

A number of leading experts in childhood also point to social, technological and economic changes which are impacting on the experience of childhood in a way that is unprecedented. These changes add to the complexity for already vulnerable children.

We are seeking to bring discussion about these challenges confronting childhood into the public domain.

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Dr. Perry, Senior Fellow and Founder of The ChildTrauma Academy will present a one day workshop on Transforming Childhood Trauma – A neuroscience approach to healing and recovery in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. Also on offer is a one day Master Class: Applying the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics in Melbourne.

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Being 'Trauma Informed': a residential conference

The term 'trauma informed' is being widely applied; do we understand what is meant? Our residential conference offers an inspiring speaking program and evening events that will provide you with time to focus, be free of usual work distractions, collaborate and network.

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Berry Street Education Model

The Berry Street Education Model provides schools with the training, curriculum and strategies to engage the most challenging students. It is unique because it educates schools to promote cognitive and behavioural change, thereby re-engaging the young person in learning and progressing their academic achievement.

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  • Quality childcare is a good start

    Professor Frank Oberklaid and BSCI's Dr. Sarah Wise, writing in The Australian newspaper, call on the Federal Government to develop childcare policies informed by research evidence about brain development in the early years. Read their article here.
  • Yarning up on Trauma

    An intensive four-day workshop for people who want to learn practical ways to better work with Indigenous families with individual trauma, family trauma, community trauma and historical/cultural trauma.

    The training focuses on and how to heal ourselves, our children, our families and Communities.

    Find out more:
    Yarning up on Trauma.
  • Berry Street Education Model - Training Opportunities

    We are offering an exciting opportunity to learn about the Berry Street Education Model:

    A 4 day training course will run one day per month in the second half of 2015.

  • Calmer Classrooms

    Calmer Classrooms provides the framework and strategies for engaging children and young people who have experienced trauma and disrupted attachment in a positive education experience.

    To find out more or to register click here.

Berry Street was first established on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present, and to all the traditional custodians of land throughout Australia.