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 30 years. Act for Kids operates over 26 centres with a team of over 400 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 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 opens in Townsville. Act for Kids launches a social enterprise called Youthrive. 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 3,000 more kids in the coming year.


Learn to be safe with Emmy & friends



2017

Act for Kids opens centres in Rockhampton and Upper Coomera.


2018

Act for Kids has been healing little hearts for 30 years. We opened the doors to our first Victorian centre, delivering our Integrated Therapy Service to children and families in and around Broadmeadows in Melbourne’s north. Key players in the Victorian property industry Lendlease and the Property Industry Foundation (PIF) came together to facilitate a $300,000 refurbishment on the Victorian centre.






2019

Act for Kids wins Gold in the 2019 Human Resource Director (HRD) Employer of Choice Awards and were recognised as a top-performing company in the Leadership, Work-Life Balance, and Health and Wellbeing categories. Act for Kids now helps over 41,000 people every year through 26 centres across Australia.

Our People

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

Dr David Hamill AM

Dr David Hamill AM

Chairman


The Honourable Dr David Hamill is a professional company director who has served on the boards of various public and private companies as well as not-for-profit and charitable organisations and statutory authorities. He is currently a Director of Brookfield Business Partners LLC, and Chairman of UQ College and as formerly…

Mr John Manning

Mr John Manning

Deputy Chairman


John Manning (B.Bus, CPA, MAICD) is the Managing Director of JAM Business Advisory, providing strategic advice to private enterprise.  He has over 30 years' experience in key management, board and advisory roles across a variety of industries in small to medium size enterprises, private equity, community and publicly listed sectors.…

Mr Thomas Rice

Mr Thomas Rice

Director


Thomas Rice (BCom, BEcon, Grad Dip Applied Finance, CA, GAICD) is an experienced Finance executive. Thomas is a Chartered Accountant with more than 25 years' professional experience in finance and management both in Australia and internationally, the last 14 years in a CFO capacity. Thomas' professional career began in audit…

Mr Emmanuel Pappas

Mr Emmanuel Pappas

Director


Emmanuel Pappas ((L.L.B. (Hons.), BCom, GradDipLP)) is a senior lawyer with over 14 years’ experience in corporate and commercial legal practice and a special interest in governance. Emmanuel has spent his legal career both in major Australian private practice law firms and as in-house counsel with major energy companies. Special…

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 35 years, specialising in fundraising management.  Nigel is a recognised leader in the fundraising sector, both nationally and internationally.  He is a past Chair of…

Dr Ryan Mills

Dr Ryan Mills

Director


Ryan Mills (MBBS (Hons) FRACP MPH PhD) is a General Paediatrician and Child Protection Advisor based at Logan Hospital, south of Brisbane.  Since 2014, he has been the Clinical Chair of Queensland’s Statewide Child Protection Clinical Partnership. Dr Mills has a clinical and research interest in the long-term outcomes for…

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 First Nations Peoples Working Group.

Ms Teleiah Bayfield

Ms Teleiah Bayfield

Director


Teleiah Bayfield is the Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education in Queensland, and has worked in the public and not-for-profit sectors across a range of services for children and young people. In the Last 12 years Teleiah has specialised in cross-cultural mediation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander…

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC

Governor of Queensland


Kay McGrath

Kay McGrath

Lifetime Ambassador, Seven Network


Sascha Chandler

Sascha Chandler

National Ambassador, Partner PwC


Bruce Morcombe

Bruce Morcombe

National Ambassador, Director of The Daniel Morcombe Foundation


Denise Morcombe

Denise Morcombe

National Ambassador, Director of The Daniel Morcombe Foundation


Kim Skubris

Kim Skubris

National Ambassador


Maxine Horne

Maxine Horne

Corporate Ambassador, CEO of Vita Group


Quentin Flannery

Quentin Flannery

Corporate Ambassador, Director of KTQ Developments


Andrew Russell

Andrew Russell

Ambassador, Managing Director of Actura


Angie Asimus

Angie Asimus

Ambassador, Seven Network Limited


Anomi Bruynius

Anomi Bruynius

Corporate Ambassador, CEO and Managing Director Tolerro


Lesley-Anne Houghton

Lesley-Anne Houghton

Ambassador, Director of Actura


Michael Wilkins

Michael Wilkins

Corporate Ambassador, Managing Director News Corp Australia


Pedro Gondim

Pedro Gondim

Corporate Ambassador, CEO Mental Health Academy


Ram Kangatharan

Ram Kangatharan

Corporate Ambassador, CEO Auto & General Insurance Company Limited


Sammie O’Brien

Sammie O’Brien

Ambassador, Seven Network Presenter


Shane Parkins

Shane Parkins

Corporate Ambassador


Sue Clarke

Sue Clarke

Ambassador, Australian Survivor 2016 Contestant


Chantal Togany

Chantal Togany

Ambassador, Mrs Australia 2017


Helen McGrory

Helen McGrory

Volunteer Ambassador


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

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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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