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Every year, around 13,000 children and young people across Australia are taken into the care of child protection authorities because they are at serious risk of harm or have no other safe place to live. And many more experience trauma in the face of natural disasters and other hardships.

These experiences can leave children and young people feeling scared and alone, often placing them in unfamiliar environments. We know that many arrive with nothing but the clothes they are wearing and with no other belongings.

We provide Buddy Bags to these children and young people, to help meet their immediate material and personal care needs and to give them a sense of security and comfort as the first step on their journey to safety and recovery.

For children in need one backpack can mean the world.

Trauma-informed care

Buddy Bags are filled with carefully selected items that focus on the physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing of children and young people.

The Buddy Bag backpacks include:

  • new pyjamas, socks and underwear, so they can dress in clean clothes
  • a toothbrush, toothpaste, face washer and hairbrush to attend to their personal care needs
  • a book to relax the mind, a trauma-informed toy for healing play – and an all-important teddy bear to cuddle for emotional comfort.

A Buddy Bag is something tangible a child or young person can call their own, helping to meet their immediate need – while showing them they are special, that people care for them, and that they matter.

Real Stories

"It meant so much to Tillie to have something to call her own...and it helped me to feel less desperate for my daughter”

- Tillie's mother

Discover the difference a Buddy Bag can make

Accessing Buddy Bags

Buddy Bags are provided free of charge to a wide range of agencies including Out of Home Care, women’s refuges, family violence services, education services, health services, crisis accommodation, homelessness refuges, refugee and asylum seeker services, specialist support services, and emergency relief services for natural disasters. If your agency provides support for children and young people who have experienced violence, crisis, trauma, or other hardship, you are eligible to receive Buddy Bags.

If you would like to place an order for Buddy Bags please download and complete this form and email to [email protected]. You can also contact us via the form below to find out more.

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You can help provide a Buddy Bag for a child in need for just $50. Donate now and together we can help children recover and heal from trauma.

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