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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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GOOD CHILDHOOD CONFERENCE



One thousand people joined us in early October for our inaugural The Good Childhood Conference. Over two days, a range of speakers explored two critical questions:

  • What sustains a good childhood?
  • How do we best support those who have not experienced a good childhood?

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HEARTCORE BOOK



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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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.