Berry Street’s vision is that together, we will courageously change lives and reimagine service systems. 
As outlined in our Strategic Plan 2019-22, our key advocacy goal is to “Reimagine the Future” by working with others to reorientate the child and family system towards early intervention and prevention. 
We will continue to be a strong and independent voice for the children, young people, and families with whom we work and advocate for increased government investment in early intervention and prevention services that enable families to stay together safely.
We also advocate for policies that keep families safe and secure, and happy and healthy, allowing children and young people to reach their full potential while remaining engaged with their culture and communities.
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Berry Street Employment - Capability Framework

As part of our advocacy work, Berry Street submits to state and federal government inquiries relating to child, youth, and family services. You can find published submissions here.

Berry Street, in collaboration with the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare and leading agencies across the child and family services sector, commissioned an independent report by Social Ventures Australia.

Support Services and Advocacy Groups working with people affected by abuse:

Find and Connect

Phone: 1800 161 109

Open Place

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

Beyond Blue

Phone: 1300 22 4636


Phone: 13 11 14

SANE Australia Helpline

Phone: 1800 187 663

Suicide Call Back Service

Phone: 1300 659 467

Mensline (National)

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