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Who We Are

Our Mission

To prevent child sexual assault in our society.

Our Vision

To make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.

Our Guiding Principles

To at all times do all things to serve our Mission without fear or favour and without compromise, and to continually ensure that the best interests and protection of the child are placed before all other considerations.

FACT: every nine minutes a child is sexually assaulted in some way in Australia.

Bravehearts aims to halve this number by 2020 with its child protection blueprint –
The 3 Piers to Prevention:

The 3 Piers to Prevention is a culmination of 19 years intensive research into how to reduce the incidence and ultimately, prevent the occurrence of child sexual assault.

It forms the solid foundations to making Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.

Measurement criteria include personal safety in schools and childcare, mandatory reporting requirements, child protection policies, training and awareness programs, counselling services, inquiries, reviews and sentencing laws.

Focusing on prevention

Prevention occurs when a child ceases to become a victim – when the child uses their skills to avoid being harmed. It occurs when adults are aware and believe the disclosures of children and respond appropriately.

Prevention occurs when businesses and individuals change the way they deal with child sexual assault.

Prevention is in the best interests and safety of our children and is our first priority.

I write in support of Bravehearts because I am aware of the outstanding work done by this organisation to combat the scourge of sexual abuse of children in the Australian community. It is a sad fact of life in our society that the necessary work of Bravehearts continues to expand. However, it doesn't bear thinking if Bravehearts were not there. The assistance given to many children and their families has been truly life-saving on many occasions.
– Former Commonwealth Senator, (Rev) John Woodley