All children need a caring, capable, and committed web of parents, peers, and practitioners to not only help them to survive – but to thrive in an increasingly complex world. Hundreds of people are working to support children to thrive in Victoria: parents, midwives/doctors, childcare providers, educators, librarians, youth groups, businesses, social workers and more! These people all play different roles in each child’s development.

Child Thrive offers them a unique opportunity to interact in a meaningful way, as well as offering a space for young people to express their perspectives on what they need to thrive. A strong web of partnerships, including children themselves, can help young people to strengthen their capacities to reach their full potential as capable, active citizens. This will, in the long term, contribute to building healthy, vibrant, and resilient communities. In short, when children thrive, communities thrive.

Child Thrive, hosted by the International Institute for Child Rights and Development, is also part of an emerging city wide initiative to create a collective impact mandate for children and youth in Victoria. Outcomes from the Child Thrive Action forum, including the perspectives of young people, will feed into this collaborative initiative to support positive, long term change for Victoria’s children, youth and their families.

Child Thrive: Use your Rights

Child Thrive creates innovative spaces for young people, families and front-line workers to express their own perspectives about what they need to thrive. These perspectives are shared and discussed with decision makers, program developers and funding bodies.

Our Goals

Child Thrive is for people who are committed to supporting young people to thrive in Victoria.

Young People

  • Create an environment for young people to meet, play, and interact with a variety of people committed to their well-being
  • Nurture relationships between young people through programming and learning events
  • Provide opportunities for young people to play a leadership role in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the Forum
  • Share their perspectives about what young people need to thrive, including learning about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
Organizations serving/engaging/advocating with and for children and youth

  • Strengthen capacities and connections
  • Identify promising practices of collaboration through participation, programming, and presentations
  • Provide opportunities for organizations to showcase their work through engaging with young people and their families
  • Increase awareness of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, including ways to strengthen organizational practices

Meet Our Partners!

The Child Thrive Action Forum is hosted by the International Institute for Child Rights and Development.