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Our Story

Kids First has been working with children and families since 1896, setting in place the foundations for better lives, better care and most importantly prevention, within the most diverse and challenging sector of community care.

We pride ourselves on pioneering and delivering ground-breaking, evidence-based programs to children, young people and families. Our services entail professional support for complex issues of sexual abuse, child neglect, family violence, homelessness, poverty, mental health, drug and alcohol issues and the consequent trauma experienced.

Kids First supports children and families underpinned by our guiding principle of ‘HEART’ – Hope, Empowerment, Accountability, Respect and Trust - the values which bind our culture, purpose and vision.

Over the years, Kids First has supported thousands of families transforming their lives, and steering life away from challenges before they set in.


Our History

Originally founded at a meeting at Government House on March 21st 1896 by then Governor of Victoria’s wife, Lady Sybil de Vere Brassy as the Victorian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (VSPCC).  

Its aims were to protect children from cruelty and neglect, to advance the claims of neglected, abandoned and orphaned children to the general public, to cooperate with existing societies for this purpose and to enforce the laws for the protection of neglected children and juvenile offenders. It was one of the few secular non-government agencies in the child welfare field.


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