Act for Kids is a leading children’s organisation with a purpose of treating and preventing child abuse and neglect. We have a dedicated team of more than 430 people with a strong vision to give all children a safe and happy childhood free from abuse and neglect.
Act for Kids has 28 centres located around Australia, from Adelaide all the way to remote communities in the Cape York Peninsula.
For more than 30 years we have been delivering a range of evidence based therapy and support programs to help thousands of vulnerable children and families. The organisation operates off a highly sought-after integrated therapy approach through a team of specialist staff, including psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and social workers.
MoreyField – Caboolure Vision
Act for Kids with help of the community has a bold vision to establish a dedicated centre to support children and young people, who have experienced, or at-risk of neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse in the Morayfield-Caboolture region.
Sadly, the region has double the number of vulnerable prep aged children than the nation’s average, and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare identifies child abuse and neglect as the leading behavioural factor contributing to suicide and self-harm in Australia. As it stands, there are limited trauma informed therapy services for children and young people in the Morayfield Caboolture region, which is what Act for Kids wants to change. The reality is without early intervention these children are at greater risk of falling through the cracks.
A new Act for Kids centre at Morayfield will mean hundreds of children in the area will get access to the help they need, and it will set them on the right track. These children come from difficult circumstances with many experiencing abuse and neglect. They are often living with an extended family member or guardian. Act for Kids works with these children, to help them overcome obstacles so they can remain, where possible, with their family or guardian and have some stability in their lives and better long term outcomes. There are currently limited trauma informed therapy services for children and young people in the Morayfield region, which is what Act for Kids hopes to change.