The Eddie Betts Foundation is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children and youth, who are our future leaders. We endorse the Commission for Children and Young Peoples’ eleven Child Safe Standards to uphold the highest level of protection for children and youth.

Our staff members are screened and trained in child and youth safety, with a particular focus on the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and youth.

When supporting young people with complex needs, we adopt a collaborative and trauma-informed approach that emphasises rehabilitative care. We do not isolate, shame or patronise children and youth in our care or programs.

Our model of care is child and youth-centred and de-colonised, which means we uphold traditional Indigenous practices when working with children and young people. 

Specifically, we:


  1. Foster child and youth-centred living and programs.

  2. Avoid exerting power over young people.

  3. Encourage intergenerational child rearing and whole community care as the norm, and ensure flexibility for cultural obligations within our programs.

 At the Eddie Betts Foundation, we welcome children and youth of all gender identities and sexual orientations.