We are Victoria’s largest independent child and family services organisation.

We help children, young people and families recover from the devastating effects of violence, abuse and neglect. Our focus is on the right of every child to a good childhood, growing up feeling safe, nurtured and with hope for the future.

 

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140 Years protecting Victorian children

We started out in Melbourne in 1877, as the Berry Street Babies’ Home, caring for abandoned babies and mothers with no shelter or support.
 
Today, we’re Victoria’s largest independent child and family services organisation. We have helped hundreds of thousands of children and families over 140 years. Explore 140 Years - Thousands of stories.
 
 

A very difficult story to tell

When he arrived at hospital, Daniel’s severe injuries suggested he had been thrown against a wall and stomped on. He had been assaulted and neglected by his parents since birth.
 
Daniel had a fractured skull, damaged eye socket and broken bones, including old untreated breaks. He had brain damage and was bruised black and blue.
 

Read Daniel's story

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Help restore hope and trust...

Help provide care and support
Can help provide care and support to a child affected by abuse, violence and neglect
Help pay for Foster Carer training
Can pay for training for foster carers, so we can move more distressed children into safe homes
Help pay for therapy
Can go towards therapy and counselling so an abused child like Ben can recover and reach their full potential
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Last year we helped

2,444

children, young people and women were provided with safe homes

2,770

women and children received support to help heal childhood trauma

6,161

parents were provided practical support help them better care for their children

4,553

women and children were helped by our family violence team
Help children like Daniel
Sadly, half of the children who are removed from their families due to violence and abuse are under five years of age. Will you help ensure vulnerable babies get the love and protection they need?
Help kids like Amy
Children like Amy are facing so much abuse and violence, it isn’t be safe for them to stay at home. Your donation will help give frightened children safety and care.
Helping Children to Learn - Berry Street Education Model
Our Education Model provides schools with the training, curriculum and strategies to engage the most challenging students.
Would you open your door to a child in need?
In Victoria, the number of children who cannot live safely at home has risen every year over the last ten years. With your help they can heal and look forward to the future.