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. Bruce D Perry
Dr. Perry, Senior Fellow and Founder of The ChildTrauma Academy and Senior Fellow of The Berry Street Childhood Institute will be joining us for a National Tour in 2015.

Melbourne 19 – 23 October
Perth 27 & 28 October
Sydney 29 & 30 October

Sign up for further details.

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Short stories and poems written by young people in the Berry Street School have been interpreted by renowned Victorian street and contemporary artist,
Kaff-eine, and painted as a series of street art works on walls across Melbourne.

Visit the website to find out more information and how to pre-purchase the book.

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  • New report on high risk adolescents

    We have recently published a Literature review: Young people at high risk of sexual exploitation, absconding and other significant harms.
    The review was written by Institute Associate Annette Jackson as part of a project commissioned by the Victorian Commission for Children and Young People.

    The report is available for free download from our
    Knowledge Hub.
  • New Appointment - Dr Sarah Wise

    We are very pleased to announce that Dr Sarah Wise has been appointed to a newly established position, the Good Childhood Fellow. This is a joint appointment between The University of Melbourne and the Berry Street Childhood Institute. Sarah will support the evidence-informed practice agendas across our two institutions.
  • International Speaker - Clark Baim

    UK presenter and Institute Fellow, Clark Baim will be joining us in May 2015 to deliver two fantastic training opportunities in Melbourne.

    An exciting one-day training on
    Mindful Co-working: The art of working together with confidence and enjoyment; and

    A one-day workshop on Attachment-based practice with adults.

    To find out more or to register click here.
  • International Speaker - Richard Rose

    In March 2015, we are delighted to welcome back Institute Fellow Richard Rose who will be offering these three exciting training opportunities:

    A two-dayLife Story Work workshop (Melbourne)
    A one-day Life Story Work workshop (Adelaide)
    *NEW one-day workshop based on Complex Case Management (Melbourne)

    Spaces are limited - bookings essential

    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.