Youth Engagement

Youth Engagement

The Berry Street Childhood Institute believes that young people have a key role to play in leading change to ensure that more children have a good childhood in Australia. Our perspective is informed by our work with some of the most vulnerable young people in Victoria and is grounded in a commitment to encourage and support youth participation.

We believe youth participation should be measured
“...by the extent to which their involvement can drive and influence real change” Tom Woodroofe, in Walsh & Black (2011)



In August 2011, Berry Street hosted a master class by Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada. She introduced us to an amazing resource ‘Guidelines for the Ethical Engagement of Young People’.

We were inspired to develop a number of principles to guide our work. In the process, we also learnt from young people and their work at a range of local organisations such as Linkz Incorporated, The Oaktree Foundation, Our Say and the Australia Youth Climate Coalition.

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Our commitment to youth engagement is relevant to all areas of the Institute’s work, as well as being an activity in its own right. We endeavour to incorporate the voices of children and young people into our events, research, evaluation and practice development projects.

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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.