Berry Street Childhood Institute

OUR VISION




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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GOOD CHILDHOOD INITIATIVES



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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Doing School Differently

: National Flexible & Inclusive Education Conference



Edmund Rice Australia Youth+, The Victoria Institute at Victoria University, and The Berry Street Childhood Institute are delighted to announce the Doing School Differently conference will take place on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September at the Pullman Albert Park. This national conference will focus on establishing successful educational opportunities and pathways for disenfranchised young people. The conference will be of interest to school leaders and teachers from flexible learning options and alternate education settings, educational researchers, policy makers, allied education professionals and advocates for a strong flexible & inclusive education system. Importantly this conference is also an opportunity for young people to participate as presenters and delegates.
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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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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.