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Craig McMillan

Australian Childhood Foundation, National Executive Manager - Partnerships, Fundraising & Marketing

Project: Support a child to recover
Location: Australia

The Australian Childhood Foundation is a leading organisation, supporting children to recover from the trauma of abuse, neglect and family violence.

On the 25th of October 2023, we welcomed The Australian Childhood Foundation in the lead up to Children’s Week to discuss the daunting fact that every night in Australia 46,000 children can’t sleep in their own beds because they are at risk of being abused or neglected.

Holding children in strong relationships, they come to trust their connection with caring people as a source of nurturing and comfort, not hurt and betrayal.

Key insights

In many years from now, when you look back on your professional life, what do you believe you will be most proud of?

 

We ran some research recently around the community attitudes towards this issue and it hasn’t changed a lot. This issue sits under roads and footpaths when unprompted. When you prompt someone about the issue of child abuse, it becomes a number one priority. But it’s sitting low in a series of community priorities.

I would love to think that by the time I leave this organisation, as a community, we better understand:

  • The impact of trauma,
  • The issue and,
  • What it does to our community

The reality is that we are all living with this and it’s having a massive social impact.

What are some of the implications to consider when supporting a child through their journey?

 

When you try and support a child by rewiring the sense of threat innate in them as a result of abuse, it does take time. Many of the children in our services have experienced more than one form of abuse to a severe extent.

Once a child is removed from the threat and in a relationship that’s very supportive, positive change can happen.

Every $50 helps provide one-on-one specialised therapeutic counselling for a child who has experienced family violence.

Be the change today. 

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