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Our work

Children’s Ground was established to work with communities experiencing disadvantage and inequity as they lead the way towards positive change.

We are focused initially on First Nations communities in Australia.

Children’s Ground’s first partnership was with the Mirarr people of Kakadu West Arnhem in the Northern Territory, through their organisation the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation. 

Children's Ground also has a long association with Arrernte Elders and families in Alice Springs, where the Children's Ground approach was first designed. We are working with  families across four sites in the Central Australian region with the aim of laying a new path of opportunity and hope for the next generation of Arrernte children.

Over the next three years we will invite partnership with other communities to scale Children’s Ground.

We will create an evidence base to lead major reform in the way we address extreme disadvantage across Australia. 

Where we work

We acknowledge and honour First Nations peoples, paying respect to Elders past and present as custodians of this land. We work in Alice Springs on the lands of the Arrernte people and in Melbourne on the lands of Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.

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What we are doing

The health, education and wellbeing of children requires a radically new approach. For our most vulnerable children, the status quo is that they will become statistics we can't allow this to happen. They are our beautiful children, brimming with talent and joy and open to all the possibilities the world might deliver.

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How we are doing it

The Children's Ground Platform covers five operational or service areas: learning and wellbeing; family health and wellbeing; community development and wellbeing; economic development and wellbeing, and; cultural development and wellbeing.

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What we are learning

As we work, we reflect constantly on what we do to try to ensure we are doing it the very best we can to deliver the highest level of excellence to those who need it the most.

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