- Bravehearts was founded in 1997 by Hetty Johnston AM, following her young daughter’s disclosure of sexual abuse.
- Bravehearts is an Australian child protection not for profit organisation, solely dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse.
- Bravehearts works holistically to educate, empower and protect children from child sexual abuse.
- Bravehearts helps prevent child sexual abuse by educating young people about personal safety.
- Bravehearts supports survivors and victims of child sexual abuse, and their non-offending family members, with accessible and affordable counselling, case management and advocacy.
- Bravehearts educates and empowers communities through world-class child protection training courses and risk management.
- Bravehearts fights for the rights of children and adult survivors by advocating for legislative reform.
- Bravehearts helps to stop the stigma around child sexual abuse through innovative research, public awareness campaigns and community education.
- At all times Bravehearts acts with respect, integrity, energy, empathy and bravery as we strive to stop child sexual abuse now.
- Bravehearts collaborate with our cohorts as we strive to eradicate child sexual abuse.
- Above all else, the protection of children and survivors is at the heart of everything Bravehearts does.
- Bravehearts celebrates 25 years of protecting children from sexual harm.
- Bravehearts Day is launched. Bravehearts Day is our key awareness day and is dedicated to the survivors of child sexual abuse and protecting children from sexual harm. The newly launched Bravehearts Day replaces Bravehearts White Balloon Day on the child protection calendar.
- Bravehearts White Balloon Day celebrates its 25th year.
- Bravehearts opens its therapeutic counselling service in Loganholme, Southeast Queensland.
- The Courage Project is launched. The Courage Project is a therapeutic service delivering counselling to children, young people and families in the Mackay and Whitsunday regions.
- Bravehearts commences 10 years of Redress Service provision through Beyond Brave.
- CyberEcho is released, a cyber-safety program for middle to upper-primary children.
- Turning Corners is launched to work with young people (12 to 17 years) who have engaged in, or are at risk of engaging in, harmful sexual behaviour.
- Bravehearts 777 Marathon launches, with participants running 7 marathons in 7 states in 7 days.
- Bravehearts’ Information and Support Line is established for anyone requiring assistance, information or support on child sexual abuse.
- Following 16 years of calling for a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, in November 2012 the Federal Government announces it will hold an inquiry.
- Current head office opens in Arundel, Gold Coast, Australia.
- Supporting Hands online child protection training module for people working with children is launched.
- Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show, Bravehearts’ personal safety program for children aged 3 to 8 is launched. Over 1.2 million children have now seen the program, facilitated through 7 offices throughout Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.
- Bravehearts’ first of four therapeutic counselling services is opened in Queensland.
- Bravehearts begins lobbying and its pursuit for law reforms to protect children from child sexual abuse and advocate for the rights of survivors.
- Bravehearts is founded by Hetty Johnston AM following her young daughter’s disclosure of sexual abuse.
- Bravehearts White Balloon Day is launched.
Bravehearts is governed in accordance with:
- The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (Cth)
- Bravehearts Constitution
- Bravehearts Board Charter
- Human Services Quality Framework (HSQF)
Bravehearts is proud to display the Australian Charity and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) Charity Tick. The Charity Tick is a symbol that reassures donors and the broader public that the organisation displaying it is transparent, accountable, quality-focused and regulated by the ACNC.
The Human Services Quality Framework (HSQF) is a system for assessing and improving the quality of human services. Bravehearts achieved HSQF compliance in 2017. HSQF compliance supports the accessibility of Bravehearts’ service to the community.
Bravehearts is a registered service provider of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).