Annual Report 2020-21: Change, adapt and reimagine
Berry Street is pleased to release its Annual Report 2020-21.
This year we’ve continued to change and adapt so that we can respond, as an essential service, to the ongoing global crisis.
COVID-19 not only shined a light on the existing inequalities in the communities we support – it exacerbated them.
Our resolve has never been stronger: we must reimagine the child and family services system and ensure that those we work alongside get the support they need at the right time.
This year’s report is a powerful testament to the critical difference that our work can make.
Some of our key achievements this year:
- We launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan, endorsed by Reconciliation Australia at the end of 2020, with celebrations across each Berry Street region.
- Our Y-Change team’s policy submission to the Victorian Youth Strategy called for a future where young Victorians with a lived experience of systemic oppression drive change.
- We received the Rainbow Tick accreditation for our family violence services, which acknowledges that these programs are safe, inclusive and welcoming for LGBTIQA+ service users.
- We became the first accredited agency in Australia to offer the Teaching Family Model (TFM) – an innovative-informed model of residential care for children and young people – with the program rolled out to 5 homes so far.
- The Berry Street Education Model went global, with our team launching online courses for teachers in Europe and New Zealand, as well as around Australia.
- We launched two new evidence-based early interventions programs: Multisystemic Therapy and SafeCare.
We invite you to download our 2020-21 Annual Report to read about:
- Our journey towards reconciliation (page 14)
- Our trauma-informed education is going from strength to strength (page 16)
- Early intervention helps Theo and his family be their best (page 21)
- Banishing the ghosts from the library (page 22)
- A village for mothers and children who’ve experienced family violence (page 23)