What we do
We champion and strengthen the rights of children and young people to live free from violence and trauma wherever they live, learn and play.
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to keeping children and young people free from violence and trauma wherever they live, learn and play.
Through care, we support children to recover and heal from trauma. We meet children and young people in places and spaces where they need the support we can provide through programs like Cubby House, a safe haven for children and young people at the Melbourne and Broadmeadows Children’s Courts.
At times of crisis or trauma, our Buddy Bags provide essential material support for a child who may have nothing more than the clothes they are wearing. When intensive, long-term therapeutic support is required for a child or young person who has experienced significant trauma or violence, Children Ahead may provide the assistance needed. In turn, TraCS can provide support for educators working with children affected by trauma.
The work we do in prevention supports us to empower positive digital citizens, through both our eSmart programs and more specialised projects like Crushed But Okay for teens and Playing IT Safe for young children. We realise Dolly’s Dream to change the culture of bullying through our support of their work.
Our advocacy work fights for the rights of children and young people, with the principle of “nothing about us without us” guiding us at every step through our child and youth participation approach. We fight for the rights of children and young people as victims of crime, we uphold their rights online and we ensure they are considered in advocacy for gun safety.
From Buddy Bags to therapeutic support, we help children and young people who have experienced violence or trauma to recover, heal, and grow.
Through eSmart and Dolly’s Dream, we empower children and young people to be positive digital citizens and change the culture of bullying.
Their rights are our reason to be. We speak out on behalf of children and young people, fighting for their right to be free from bullying, violence and trauma.
We believe children and young people are key agents of change and should have a central role in shaping the world in which they live, learn and play – the world in which they exist today as well as the one they will ultimately inherit.
From the shadows of the Port Arthur tragedy in 1996, All Australian governments came together to strengthen our gun laws with a National Firearms Agreement. Since then, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation has continued to advocate for firearm safety.
We advocate for the rights of children and young people to be upheld online and offline, including by governments and digital platforms, and for optimal safety standards to be built into all digital spaces and devices.
The criminal justice system, set up to deal with adult offenders, has struggled to respond to the needs of children. We advocate for children's rights as victims of crime.