Berry Street Childhood Institute

OUR VISION




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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Doing School Differently 2018



Calling for abstracts - Be part of next year's conference!


Natasha Anderson and Anita Pell at the 2017 Victorian Protecting Children Awards
The inaugural Doing School Differently conference will be back in 2018, this time in the Gold Coast on 28th and 29th June 2018. We encourage you to start thinking about how you can add your voice to this national conversation on flexible and inclusive education. Learn more about the conference and how you can get involved:

Clark Baim

Berry Street Education Model



Classroom and curriculum strategies


The Berry Street Education Model provides schools with the training, curriculum and strategies to engage the most challenging students. It is unique because it educates schools to promote cognitive and behavioural change, thereby re-engaging the young person in learning and progressing their academic achievement.

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  • Announcing two new Institute Fellows


    We are delighted to announce that Professor Gillian Schofield and Dr Mary Beek from the University of East Anglia in the UK have accepted our invitation to become Fellows of the Berry Street Childhood Institute. We are proud to be working in partnership with Professor Schofield and Dr Beek, and are seeking to publicly acknowledge the excellence of their work in foster care and the importance of their Secure Base Model.
  • Upcoming Training and Events


    We have recently launched two new training opportunities being held at the Melbourne Business School:

    • Leading Complex Systems (16 Nov 2017)
      Dr Sarah Wise will help leaders develop the skills to facilitate systemic change.

    • The Buzz Trap (21 Nov 2017)
      Dr Graham Music (from the UK) will present on the dramatic changes that occur in adolescence and how we can address the associated issues.

  • Protecting Children Awards


    Two staff members of the Berry Street Childhood Institute won awards at the Victorian Government’s 2017 Protecting Children Awards.

    Congratulations to Anita Pell, our Senior Advisor, Home Based Care, winner of the Robin Clark Making a Difference Award; and Natasha Anderson from our Y-Change program who won the Modelling a Generous Community Award.
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  • Recognising the contribution of young people as contributors with expertise to share


    In 2016, we commissioned the Youth Research Centre to undertake a project examining the effectiveness of our youth leadership and social change program – Y-Change. Their recently published evaluation report describes the significant benefits of the program. It is available now for free download.

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.