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Berry Street believes that children, young people and families should be safe, thriving, and hopeful.

We have provided services to children, young people and families for over 140 years, and today Berry Street is one of Australia’s largest independent family service organisations.

We provide a diverse range of programs to around 35,000 people in Victoria each year.

Some of our key programs and services are:

  • family violence support services
  • education services, including the Berry Street Education Model and Berry Street School
  • trauma services, including our Victoria-wide therapeutic service, Take Two
  • out-of-home care
  • parenting and family services.

We have a strong focus on reorientating the child and family system, family violence services and education system towards early intervention and prevention. We want to make sure that children and families receive the support they need before issues spiral out of control, and so they can stay safely together.

Learn more about our work to reimagine service systems.

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Out-of-home care

Berry Street's foster, kinship and residential care programs provide children and young people who have experienced trauma with a safe and secure place to live.

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Post care support

We run programs that support young people who are leaving out-of-home care in their transition to independent living.

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Trauma services

Berry Street's trauma services help children, young people and families heal and recover from trauma.

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Family violence support services

We offer free specialist services to victim survivors, including LGBTIQ+ people and children, to help them to stay in their community and live a life free of violence.

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Education services

Berry Street’s innovative approach to education serves as the foundation for our own multi-campus school and has positively impacted teacher practice in mainstream and specialist schools across Australia and beyond.

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Parenting and family services

Our parenting and family services aim to increase parenting skills and knowledge so that families and their children can be safe, thriving and hopeful.

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Young people

Our programs for young people cover areas including housing, preventing youth homelessness, and support and mentoring. We work alongside young people and support them to achieve their goals.

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Community programs

We run various programs in regional communities around Victoria to help strengthen and support the local community.

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Supporting past care leavers (Heritage Service)

Berry Street preserves and holds historical records for all of our past services. The Heritage Service helps people who were past clients and residents of Berry Street, Sutherland Homes and Lisa Lodge to access their records.

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Advocacy

Berry Street is a strong and independent voice for the children, young people and families with whom we work.