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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International Speaker - Clark Baim



Attachment Based Practice with Adults (17 - 19 May 2017)


This is a 3 day course for professionals working therapeutically with adults, including adults who are parents or carers. The course draws on Patricia Crittenden’s Dynamic-Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation (DMM) and has a strong emphasis on the development of practical skills. The course will assist participants to increase their understanding of contemporary attachment theory, identify attachment styles and strategies, develop interview skills, learn and practice a five-stage protocol to improve psychological coherence, and apply theory to own practice through transcript and case material analysis.


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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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  • Announcing two new Institute Fellows


    We are delighted to announce that Professor Gillian Schofield and Dr Mary Beek from the University of East Anglia in the UK have accepted our invitation to become Fellows of the Berry Street Childhood Institute. We are proud to be working in partnership with Professor Schofield and Dr Beek, and are seeking to publicly acknowledge the excellence of their work in foster care and the importance of their Secure Base Model.
  • Upcoming Training and Events


    We have recently launched new
    training opportunities on the Berry
    Street Education Model:

    Clark Baim is presenting a course for professionals who work with adults, including adults who are parents and carers
  • Congratulations Tom Brunzell


    We are extremely proud to announce that our Senior Advisor Education, Tom Brunzell, won the Education Initiative Award at the Robin Clark Awards on 7th September 2016. Find out more here.

  • Understanding communication problems in maltreated children


    Berry Street’s Take Two program collaborated on the Small Talk research study which explored speech and language issues for children who had experienced abuse or neglect. The Small Talk research report, literature review and poster are now available for free download or to purchase 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.