Since our formation in 1877 Berry Street has had a commitment not just to the provision of social services but to social change. This commitment is reflected in our Strategic Directions 2027 through which we aim to make a long term impact on the underlying causes of child abuse, child neglect and family violence.
We understand that the underlying causes include, inequality, poverty, unemployment, unresolved trauma (which may be intergenerational), homelessness and substance misuse. We know that these underlying causes are interconnected, complex and manifest themselves in complex ways including in behaviours amongst children, young people and adults that are harmful to them and those around them.
We know that there are responses which can help alleviate the symptoms and support people to cope, heal and return to good health. But we also want to prevent the harm from occurring in the first place. Read about our commitment to social change.
Public Policy and Advocacy Agenda
Our public policy and advocacy agenda covers five broad areas. They reflect the breadth of our direct work with children and families and a need to tackle complex social and economic policy issues at the highest level. They span issues relating to childhood, children’s rights, family poverty, homelessness, education, violence, the negative consequences of colonisation on Aboriginal families, child abuse and child neglect. They are as follows:
Find and Connect
Phone: 1800 161 109
Victoria’s Support Service for Forgotten Australians
Phone: 1800 779 379
Alliance for Forgotten Australians (AFA)
Note that AFA is a national advocacy organisation not a support service
Phone: (02) 6273 4885
Phone: 1300 22 4636
Phone: 13 11 14
SANE Australia Helpline
Phone: 1800 187 663
Suicide Call Back Service
Phone: 1300 659 467
Phone: 1300 789 978
Australian Psychological Society Referral Line
Phone: 1800 333 497
Phone: 1800 272 831
Blue Knot Helpline
Support for adults who have experienced childhood trauma and abuse.
Phone: 1300 657 380
Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN)
Phone: 1800 008 774