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The Forum brought more than 70 community members together to play, learn, and innovate. Participants included front-line workers, children and youth, parents and grandparents, academics, librarians, musicians, daycares, and social workers. The Forum, focused on creating local-global connections, also celebrated the 25th Birthday of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Young people explored and shared ‘What they need to THRIVE’ through art, games, and presentations. Diverse participants discussed priorities such as bullying, youth mental wellness, and early parenting supports. In short, this inaugural event sparked ideas for collaborative action to support positive, long term change for Victoria’s children, youth and their families.

“What a great space for young people, families, community members or partners to connect on child rights, for young people to THRIVE. I felt it was well executed and I met some great people and made some new connections. Your work...is essential for our community and its young people." – Participant


The Forum is for anyone who is committed to supporting young people to thrive in Victoria, whether a parent, medical practitioner, childcare provider, educator, librarian, youth worker, business, social worker, sports coach, police officer, government official or otherwise dedicated to children's wellbeing!

The Child Thrive Action Forum is for those who:

  • Are eager to strengthen their capacities and connections to support young people’s wellbeing
  • Want to engage with children and youth to understand their own perspectives on what they need to thrive
  • Work on complex and/or cross-sectoral issues: child protection, youth engagement, early childhood development
  • Want to celebrate and increase their awareness of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Are eager to contribute to creating collective impact for children and youth in Victoria and to receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the Forum



We  actively engaged organizations to support low-income and indigenous youth and families to participate in the Forum. Please go to IICRD's Donation Page if you would like to become a sponsor for future forums. Choose "Child Thrive" and make your donation - thank you very much!

We are also recruiting a dedicated team of volunteers to contribute and participate in the forum next year. If you would like to volunteer, contact us.

Many thanks to all our sponsors and volunteers that helped make the Child Thrive Action Forum a success in 2014!



Innovative Activities

Play Circles

Interactive areas for children, parents and practitioners to engage in creative play.

Panels and presentations

Learn about local promising practices and inspiring international examples.

Pop-up Activities

Mini-programs offered by local organizations and youth: yoga, music, cooking, puppets, dance, sports, and more! Innovative activities will also support planning for collaborative change.

Partner Tables

Explore programming and services supporting young people in Victoria


Explore real-life stories about people helping young people to thrive.

Prizes & More

Get lucky and win one of the many great raffle prizes. Raffle Tickets can be bought online or at the event.

Meet Our Partners!

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