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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.

Child and Youth participation is a central feature of our operational framework and change model – and is based on the fundamental principle of ‘nothing about us without us!’

Through the work that we do and the projects that we lead, we make space for the voices, perspectives and experiences of children and young people in the design, implementation and continuous improvement of our programs, working alongside them to ensure our programs are authentic, effective and meet their unique needs.

Youth-led advocacy

We also advocate for the voices of children and people young to be included in government, community and business decision-making, with the best interests of children always coming first.

In 2021 we participated in several consultations, including providing our input and expertise into the Federal Government’s Social Media and Online Safety policy and legislative reforms.

We welcomed the important opportunity offered by the Federal Government’s Select Committee on Social Media and Online Safety for children and young people to be part of the consultation process and have their say directly to government about their experiences and priorities in the digital world.

Likewise, Dolly’s Dream Founders, Kate and Tick Everett, expressed their strong support for the new measures and the importance of families affected by online bullying to have a direct say in what they need and want to see from government and the tech industry.

This advocacy continues through our Digital Rights advocacy work.

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Youth participation in practice

Read about how our Crushed But Okay program – designed by and for young people – started a dialogue about rejection between male peers and genders from a young age.

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