About Us

About Us

Our Vision


Berry Street believes all children should have a good childhood. The Berry Street Childhood Institute contributes to this vision by collaboratively building & sharing knowledge, encouraging public dialogue and mobilising leadership.

Our Role


We respond on a national scale to the complex social issues that impact on children’s experience of childhood in Australia.

Our Aims


We seek:
  • Increased understanding and awareness of what sustains a good childhood; and
  • Wider and more effective action directed at the amelioration of adverse childhood experiences.

Our Identity


We have identified a number of features that make the Berry Street Childhood Institute distinctive.
  • Our organisational context: we draw on Berry Street’s longstanding direct experience and knowledge of working with vulnerable children and young people, our service and practice innovations, as well as our credibility and capability as advocates for vulnerable children;
  • Collaboration: we recognise the importance of working in partnership, instigating collaborations when we know they will strengthen our impact and adding our voice to initiatives driven by industry leaders;
  • Youth engagement: we have made a commitment to engage young people in the work of the institute because of their fundamental right to be heard and because we have a lot to learn from them.
  • Cross Sectoral: we understand that the health, wellbeing, development and safety of children is a shared responsibility across the service system and we are committed to working across multiple sectors;
  • Cross cultural: we acknowledge the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children being at the centre of our efforts to improve childhood for all children. We seek to work in respectful partnership with Aboriginal children, families, communities and organisations


The Berry Street Childhood Institute was established in July 2012 following the development of Berry Street’s Strategic Directions 2027.

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We have developed a plan for 2013 – 2016 which includes 5 Strategic Goals in the areas of:
Knowledge Building; Good Childhood Initiatives; Knowledge Sharing & Translation; Public Awareness Raising & Influencing; and Resources.


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We are undertaking a range of activities to assist us to achieve our aims.

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The work of the institute is a collective effort. This includes a small team of staff, Berry Street leaders who have agreed to be Associates of the institute and distinguished international Fellows.

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We know our potential impact is greatly enhanced through collaborations and we are proud to partner with many esteemed organisations and institutions.

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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.