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Setting the stage for the future you want
In 2022 we changed the name of Save the Children’s work here in Australia to 54 reasons. We work across Australia delivering local services in every state and territory to help children and young people improve their life outcomes.
The children we work with in Australia told us they wanted something of their own — something more accessible, relevant, playful and engaging. The result? We changed our name and renewed our focus to ensuring the rights of all children living in Australia are at the centre of everything we do.
Our goal is simple — to support children and young people in Australia to learn, grow, dream big, and feel safe and supported, especially those whose rights aren’t being met.
54 reasons is a new chapter in our local story, and over the next three years we’ll build from our incredible foundation. We’ll grow our impact in areas where child rights aren’t met in deep or consistent ways. To do this, we’ll also:
Want to read our full strategy? You can download it below.
Championing children’s rights to development, safety and justice by focusing on three major goals:
Social & emotional development through trauma and adversity
Children’s experiences of domestic and family violence
A rights-respecting approach to youth justice
As Australia’s leading child rights organisation, we are committed to making sure all children know their rights and that we are accountable to them through our work. Developed in consultation with kids of all ages, cultures, and abilities, Our Promise reflects what they told us is most important to them. To uphold Our Promise, we must, as an organisation, embody and embed these commitments at the forefront of our work, ensuring we communicate and reaffirm these with children and young people. We want every child to have the chance to fulfil their dreams.
We will be there for you, be kind to you and respect you
We will make our spaces safe and inclusive for you to play, learn and grow
We will value and celebrate your strengths and diversity, and all the things that make you, YOU!
We will respect your family, culture and community
We will help you feel safe, accepted and confident to join in activities
We will work together and make sure you are heard
We will do our best to help you get the support you need
We will welcome you and together make places where you feel like you can be yourself
We will listen to you when you share your ideas with us
We will ask what’s important to you so we can help you take steps towards your hopes, goals and dreams
54 Reasons proudly remains a part of Save the Children Australia Group. Our Annual Reports are put out by Save the Children Australia. These reports share what we’re most proud of and show how we’re making a positive impact for children both in Australia and overseas. They highlight how we’re tracking against our global goals. They also include stories from the children themselves, highlighting their experiences and feelings about our work with them. Want to know more? See for yourself the impact we're making to kids here and around the world.
We are a passionate group of Child Development Specialists, Teachers, Youth Workers, Family Support Practitioners, and more. We are led by an experienced management team — each with strong community connections and sector knowledge. No matter the role, our people bring ideas, guts, and energy to everything they do — to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and their families.
"One of the parts of my job is watching the children’s confidence grow, from first coming to our playgroup, being really shy, apprehensive children to then coming in and saying, ‘Let’s set up the kitchen today,’ or whatever it may be and really taking ownership of our group."
In addition to our work in Australia, which is delivered under the name 54 reasons, Save the Children helps children and families around the world.
The Save the Children Australia Group manages and implements programs that support children in 21 countries in the Pacific region and around the world. The Group also runs several successful social enterprises that specialise in education technology, child safeguarding training, literacy and publishing and research and implementation science. Internationally, Save the Children directly supports about 40 million children in 116 countries annually. Our international work spans countries in Africa, Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, South Central Asia and the Middle East.
Want to learn more about our work outside of Australia?
We work with a like-minded group of partner who are as passionate about child rights as we are. If you're interested in partnering with us get in touch by hitting the link below.
Not just a strategy, but our ambition for the next three years
Children’s social and emotional development in regions affected by shared adversity or disaster
Children experiencing domestic and family violence are visible and supported as clients in their own right
Young people are treated with dignity and fairness by a rights-respecting justice system
You have the right to an education
Your education should help you to thrive, enjoy your rights and understand your responsibilities
You have the right to rest, play and relax
You should be raised by your family, or a guardian who cares about and protects you
You should be protected from being hurt or badly treated
You have the right to food, clothing and safe place to live
You have the right to be treated fairly, even if you commit a crime
You should be helped and treated fairly if you are accused of breaking the law
Provide surge services in regions where communities and services are under strain
Grow proven school engagement and early years interventions
Lift children's voices in decision making to strengthen resilience, preparedness and recovery
Demonstrate child-centred approaches to domestic and family violence prevention and response
Build services’ capacity to identify and respond to children’s needs through coaching and practical support
Join with partners to increase children’s visibility through research, data and advocacy
Design and deliver alternatives to criminalisation and detention
Partner to demonstrate social and economic benefits of prevention and early intervention
Pursue systems-level advocacy underpinned by a children’s voices and a rights perspective
Educate children and adults working with them about children’s rights & responsibilities
I can manage my feelings
I know how to cope with difficult situations
I am ready for school
I feel safe and heard
I feel connected to others
I feel on track with my health and wellbeing I feel safe
I have supportive relationships
People ask and listen to what I say I need
I feel included
I know who I can talk to
I feel connected to my family and friends
I can make positive choices
I enjoy learning and am happy with the things I want to be good at
I am confident about my future