What We Do

What We Do

The Berry Street Childhood Institute has developed a range of activities through which we seek to contribute to Berry Street’s vision of all children having a good childhood. Our efforts involve collaboratively building and translating knowledge, encouraging public dialogue and mobilising leadership.

Information about our core activities can be found below. If you would like more information, please
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We are seeking to engage the general public, our colleagues and policy makers in a conversation about 21st Century Childhood. We have published two papers as a prompt for discussion and we will mobilise further action around these papers in the coming months.

We continue to make conversation and commitments to our vision of children and young people having a good childhood.


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We present training and events aimed at enhancing the capacity of people working with children and families. We arrange national speaking tours by international experts, including the Berry Street Childhood Institute Fellows. We also offer other training delivered by our institute staff and Associates.

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We initiate our own research projects as well as supporting the research efforts of other institutions. All our research is undertaken in partnership so there is a strong relationship between Berry Street’s service & practice base and the research expertise and experience of research institutes. The Berry Street Childhood Institute and The University of Melbourne established the Good Childhood Fellow who drives our research agenda.

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We offer an independent consulting service dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable children and young people. We are able to draw on the expertise of Berry Street's professional staff, the Berry Street Childhood Institute's Associates and our Fellows. We are available to work across Australia on a fee for service basis.

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We share information from our research, evaluation, practice development and campaigning activities through reports, journal articles, conference papers, e-newsletters and video clips. These resources are produced by institute staff, Associates, Fellows and collaborators. Resources and further information is available through our Knowledge Hub.


Berry Street has identified a number of areas for service and practice innovation. The Berry Street Childhood Institute supports the development and evaluation of these initiatives. We seek to share our learning as widely as possible, as well as linking with others who have specialist knowledge about these areas of service & practice innovation.

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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.