Our Story


Act for Kids is an Australian for-purpose organisation that delivers evidence-based support services to children and families who have experienced or are at risk of harm. We have helped hundreds of thousands of children and families for over 30 years.


March 1988

Health professionals and the legal fraternity, establish The Abused Child Trust and launched a public campaign to fund a treatment and rehabilitation centre in Brisbane.



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 Childrens Services.


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.


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.



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.



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.



On 24 March, 2021 – the Hon. Kevin Rudd, 27th Prime Minister of Australia, officially launched Act for Kids’ Reconciliation Action Plan for 2021-2023.

In August 2021, CEO Dr Katrina Lines announced that Act for Kids had redefined their Purpose to “help keep kids safe, heal from trauma and lead happy lives”.

Dr Lines also released the 2021-2024 Strategic Plan.

Acknowledgement of Country

Act for Kids pays its respects to the traditional custodians across the lands in which we work, and acknowledge their elders past, present and future.