About Act for Kids

What We Stand For

Our Purpose

To prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.

Our Vision

All kids have a safe and happy childhood, free from abuse and neglect.

Our Values

We are a professional, ethical team who is caring, courageous and collaborative.

 

 

Act for Kids is an Australian charity providing free therapy and support services to children and families who have experienced, or are at risk of child abuse and neglect. We have helped thousands of children and families for over 28 years. Act for Kids operates 22 centres with a team of over 300 staff from Adelaide all the way up to the Cape York Peninsula. Our services have expanded to include integrated therapy, support for vulnerable families, special workshops to empower kids and safe houses in remote Aboriginal communities.

Our Story

March 1988

Health professionals led by paediatrician Dr David Wood, and the legal fraternity, establish the Abused Child Trust and launch a public campaign to fund a treatment and rehabilitation centre in Brisbane.

1989

On 20 June a child abuse treatment centre is opened at Wooloowin in premises provided by the Queensland
Government. By the end of the year the centre has treated more than 140 abused and neglected kids.

1995

The Trust holds seminars for foster parents in Maryborough, Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns. In 1997 a part time counselling service is established for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders at Koolyangarra. The Trust wins the Albert & Rose Hingeley Service of Excellence Award for Children’s Services.

1999

A treatment centre is established on the Gold Coast, and a part time outreach service is provided for Redcliffe and districts. In 2002 a treatment centre is opened in Townsville. The Trust is Highly Commended in the Excellence Category for Services by the National Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

2006-2007

A treatment centre is opened in Cairns, along with a second centre on the Gold Coast. The Platinum Class Lottery, a major fundraising initiative, is launched.

2008

The Trust is renamed ACT for Kids. A centre is established in Weipa, Cape York, and a protective behaviours program is delivered to Year 1 children in primary schools on the Gold Coast.

2009-2010

ACT for Kids begins its SafeKIDS program, opening Safe Houses in Napranum, Doomadgee, Pormpuraaw, Aurukun and Kowanyama. Dr Neil Carrington is appointed CEO in August 2010.

2013-2015

The charity is rebranded Act for Kids and opens centres in Gympie, Maryborough, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Roma, and Adelaide. A Child and Family Centre of Excellence is opened in Townsville. SafeKIDS program wins the 2015 Queensland Reconciliation Award – Community category.

2016

An integrated therapy centre is opened in Blacktown and an Early Education Program is launched in Cairns. Act for Kids now helps over 15,000 kids and families every year through 22 centres across Australia. The Learn to be safe with Emmy and friends protective behaviours program has been delivered to over 10,000 kids, with funding received from the Vita Foundation to reach 3000 more kids in the coming year.

Learn to be safe with Emmy & friends

Our People

We are a professional, ethical team who is caring, courageous, and collaborative.

Dr Neil Carrington

Dr Neil Carrington

Chief Executive Officer


Dr Neil Carrington joined Act for Kids as Chief Executive Officer in August 2010, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise as an experienced educator, counsellor and leader. Dr Carrington started his career as a teacher in Cunnamulla, a remote community west of Brisbane with a high Indigenous…

Dr Katrina Lines

Dr Katrina Lines

Executive Director of Services


Dr Katrina Lines is Executive Director of Services with Act for Kids, a not-for-profit organisation providing prevention, early intervention and therapeutic programs to children who have been abused, or are at risk of abuse and neglect. Katrina is psychologist with more than 15 years’ experience working with children and young…

Leanne Dreves

Leanne Dreves

Chief Financial Officer


Leanne Dreves joined Act for Kids as Chief Financial Officer in 2008, bringing with her almost 20 years’ experience as a senior finance executive. Leanne is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting). Prior to working at Act for Kids, Leanne worked in various…

Dr Kaye Pickering

Dr Kaye Pickering

Director of Services


Dr Kaye Pickering is a registered psychologist with 12 years’ experience. Dr Pickering has a doctorate in clinical psychology and has worked with clients in both inpatient and outpatient settings and her interests include childhood trauma, child development and infant mental health. As Regional Director of Act for Kids Gold…

Koni Hanlon

Koni Hanlon

Executive Director of People, Culture and Infrastructure


Koni Hanlon is an experienced human resource professional who has been with Act for Kids since 2012. As a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy, Koni started her career as a Logistics Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force performing various roles for more than a decade. Discovering a…

Kieran Smith

Kieran Smith

Regional Director - Far North Queensland


Kieran Smith joined Act for Kids in 2007 and since then has had a variety of roles being a Family Coach in the Referral for Active Intervention (RAI) Program, Program Manager for the Doomadgee Safe House, Director of our SafeKIDS Program and now Regional Director of Far North Queensland. He…

Renee McAllister

Renee McAllister

Regional Director - North Queensland


Renée McAllister is a registered psychologist with 20 years’ experience working in the fields of child and family psychology, forensic psychology, and organisational culture and climate. She is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and prior to working at Act for Kids, Renée worked for 10 years in private…

Thomas McIntyre

Thomas McIntyre

Regional Director - Brisbane, Wide Bay/Burnett


Tom holds a Bachelor of Social Science and has worked in front line child protection for over 15 years. He has held front line roles ranging from Team Leader, Senior Practitioner, and Manager with the Department of Communities and Child Safety in Brisbane. Tom has acted in senior executive roles…

Gary E Poole

Gary E Poole

Regional Director - Southern Queensland


Gary is an MSc Registered Psychologist, and holds a Diploma in Business Management. He has held senior leadership roles in hospital and health services, social services and humanitarian aid agencies for over 30 years and in five countries. Prior to joining Act for Kids in May 2015, Gary was CEO…

Mr John Manning

Mr John Manning

Deputy Chair


John Manning (B.Bus, CPA, MAICD) is the Chief Executive Officer of All Trades Queensland; one of the largest suppliers of apprentices, trainees and training solutions in Australia.  John is also the Managing Director of J A M Business Advisory, providing strategic advice to private enterprise.He has over 30 years’ experience…

Mr Thomas Rice

Mr Thomas Rice

Treasurer


Thomas Rice (BCom, BEcon, Grad Dip Applied Finance, CA, GAICD) is the Chief Financial Officer of SmashCare; a long standing, reputable, multi-point smash repair business with a reputation for innovation and customer service.  Thomas is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years’ professional experience in finance and management both…

Mr Emmanuel Pappas

Mr Emmanuel Pappas

Director


Emmanuel Pappas (L.L.B. (Hons.), BCom, GradDipLP) is a Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Queensland and New South Wales and of the High Court of Australia.  Emmanuel is currently Lead Counsel at QGC, advising the business on Australian and cross-border commercial and corporate legal matters. Prior to this role Emmanuel…

Ms Zoe Newbury

Ms Zoe Newbury

Director


Zoe Newbury (MBus (HRM), BBus (Mgt), GAICD) is a senior Human Resources Manager with experience across a range of strategic people management, planning and operational human resource management functions in diverse, multi-disciplined organisations. She is a specialist in strategic human resource management, organisational development and change management, with 10 years’…

Ms Maria Rampa

Ms Maria Rampa

Director


Maria Rampa (BA, Grad Cert of Mgt, Certified Practising Marketer) has over 25 years’ experience in strategic marketing in the public and private sectors and professional services, in the United Kingdom, Australia and South America.  Maria is the Managing Director/Owner of Evvoke Pty Ltd, which incorporates Evvoke Consulting, Evvoke Bespoke…

Mr Nigel Harris

Mr Nigel Harris

Director


Nigel Harris (MBA, CFRE, FFIA, FIML, GAICD) is the Chief Executive Officer of the Mater Foundation. He has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 30 years, specialising in fundraising management. Nigel is a recognised leader in the fundraising sector, both nationally and internationally. He is a currently Chair of Fundraising Institute…

Dr Ryan Mills

Dr Ryan Mills

Director


Ryan Mills (MBBS (Hons) FRACP MPH) is a Senior Staff Specialist with the Metro South Hospital and Health Service and the Deputy Director of Paediatrics at the Logan Hospital.  He is the Child Protection Advisor to the Metro South Hospital and Health Service, Clinical Chair of the Statewide Child Protection…

Leilani Pearce

Leilani Pearce

Director


Leilani Pearce (BA, MBA, MAICD) is an Indigenous woman with over 18 years’ experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and human services. Leilani is the Chair of the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts and a Board member of Children’s Health Queensland. She is a business owner of The…

Mr Berkeley Cox

Mr Berkeley Cox

Director


Berkeley Cox (LLB. Hons.) is the Chief Executive Partner, Australia of King and Wood Mallesons.  As well as admissions in many Australian jurisdictions, Berkeley is admitted to the New York Bar. Special Responsibilities: Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and Member of the First Nations Working Group.

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC

Governor of Queensland


Kay McGrath

Kay McGrath

Ambassador, Channel Seven News


Angie Asimus

Angie Asimus

Ambassador, Channel Seven Sydney


Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson

NSW Ambassador, Wilson Foundation


Lesley Dobson

Lesley Dobson

Corporate Ambassador, Country Director Subway Australia / New Zealand


Maxine Horne

Maxine Horne

Corporate Ambassador, CEO of Vita Group


Pedro Gondim

Pedro Gondim

Corporate Ambassador, CEO Mental Health Academy


Ram Kangatharan

Ram Kangatharan

Corporate Ambassador, Managing Director and CEO Auto & General


Sammie O’Brien

Sammie O’Brien

QLD Ambassador, Channel Seven Presenter


Sascha Chandler

Sascha Chandler

Ambassador, Partner PwC


Shane Parkins

Shane Parkins

Corporate Ambassador, Dealer Principal Mercedes-Benz Brisbane


Sue Clarke

Sue Clarke

Ambassador, Australian Survivor 2016 Contestant


Joanne Desmond

Joanne Desmond

Sunshine Coast Ambassador, Channel Seven News


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If you have any questions or would like to access our free counselling and support, please call us directly to discuss or make an appointment.

Completed referral forms can be accessed from the services section on our website and email to
mail@actforkids.com.au or call 1300 228 000

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