2014 marks our 10th anniversary as a Centre dedicated to transforming the lives of children who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing, abuse and neglect.
Our 10th anniversary also marks our first year of operating independently of annual federal funding, which, over the past decade, has been matched by our ability to secure grants and contract research and consultancies from government and non-government agencies.
Looking to the future, we believe we can continue to make the greatest differences to the lives of vulnerable children, by continuing to partner with philanthropic, government and non-government agencies.
Our Ambassador for Children, Aunt Sue Blacklock
The Centre is honoured to have Aunt Sue Blacklock, respected Elder of the Nucoorilma people from Tingha, part of the Gamilaraay nation, as our inaugural Ambassador for Children. Aunt Sue is a passionate advocate for Aboriginal children and young people and is concerned about the number of Aboriginal young people in out-of-home care, outside of community.
"It's a privilege and an honour to be an Ambassador for the children, my main aim is to make sure kids are safe and that they have a voice and that they are heard."
Our National Advisory Council
The Australian Centre for Child Protection is honoured to have a National Advisory Council of eminent Australians representing a range of disciplines and bringing a wealth of experience.
Chaired by The Honourable Dr Robyn Layton AO QC, members of the Advisory Council include:
- Professor Denise Meredyth (Pro Vice Chancellor, Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, University of South Australia),
- Ms Gillian Calvert AO (Former NSW Commission for Children and Young People),
- Professor Graham Vimpani, AM (Clinical Chair, Kaleidoscope in Greater Newcastle, Hunter Children's Health Network, Head of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Newcastle).
- Professor Judith Dwyer, (Director of Research in the Department of Health Care Management at Flinders University School of Medicine).
"I am proud to be associated with the Centre because of its capacity to make a real difference to the protection of children, both now and in the future. The focus by the Centre on research to evaluate and promote 'what works' is critical to ensuring that energy and money are spent on effective services to strengthen vulnerable children and their families."
The Honourable Dr Robyn Layton AO QC,
Chair of the Australian Centre for Child Protection National Advisory Council
Please follow the link for the National Advisory Council's Terms of Reference.
Become a Supporter!
By ensuring the wider community is both aware and supportive of our unique role in advocating for the protection of children, we can continue to build our capacity to work on a truly national level advancing innovation and reform in child protection policy and practice.
To this end, an endowed Chair in Child Protection has been created to allow the Australian Centre for Child Protection to continue in perpetuity. The endowed chair is supported by the Australian Government, the University and a range of philanthropic and private donors.
A fundraising board, under the leadership of Mr Theo Maras AM, has already been established to seek support from the Chair. To discuss making a contribution to the Endowment, please contact Nigel Relph, Pro Vice Chancellor and Vice President: International and Development on (08) 8302 0061