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.

Ms Lesley-Anne Houghton

Ms Lesley-Anne Houghton

Chairman Director - Conexus Consulting


Mr John Manning

Mr John Manning

Deputy Chairman Managing Director - J.A.M Business Advisory


Mr Thomas Rice

Mr Thomas Rice

Treasurer


Mr Emmanuel Pappas

Mr Emmanuel Pappas

Board Secretary Lead Counsel - QGC


Ms Zoe Newbury

Ms Zoe Newbury

Strategic Human Resource Management Specialist


Ms Maria Rampa

Ms Maria Rampa

Marketing Consultant


Mr Nigel Harris

Mr Nigel Harris

Executive Director - Mater Foundation


Dr Ryan Mills

Dr Ryan Mills

Deputy Director of Paediatrics


Leilani Pearce

Leilani Pearce

Director - Create Consulting Group Pty Ltd


Mr Berkeley Cox

Mr Berkeley Cox

Managing Partner - King & Wood Mallesons


His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC

Governor of Queensland


Kay McGrath

Kay McGrath

QLD Ambassador, Channel Seven News


Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson

NSW Ambassador, Wilson Foundation


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


School Principal Ambassadors

School Principal Ambassadors

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Work With Us

Together, we can make the world a better place for our children. They deserve it.

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Referral

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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Referral Services

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 07 3850 3200

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