Befriend a Child in Detention is a community project committed to seeing an end to the detention of child asylum seekers. We aim to inspire and support compassionate Australians to make a positive connection with the children and families living in detention: to ameliorate their experience, to raise awareness of their circumstances, and to advocate for positive change.

If you share our concerns about the detention of child asylum seekers, we invite you to find out more about the issue, and our project, and to become involved.

Please support the Befriend a Child in Detention Project

In these trying times it is more important than ever to support children seeking asylum. The Befriend a Child in Detention project is doing this by sending parcels to children and by running advocacy programs. 

We aim:

  • To foster positive connections between Australians and asylum seeker children living in detention;
  • To alleviate some of the experience of detention through friendship;
  • To motivate Australians to advocate for an end to the detention of children;
  • To provide a platform through which the community can take positive action.

To join us in fulfilling these aims please make a tax deductible donation to the Befriend a Child in Detention project. We appreciate all donations large and small.

Latest news

Events: Palm Sunday, Walk for Justice for Refugees
The Befriend a Child in Detention project will once again be joining the Palm Sunday, Walk for Justice for Refugee’s walk in Melbourne. We would love you to join us.
Sunday 9 April, 2pm at the State Library of Victoria.
The Befriend a Child in Detention team will be meeting outside Mr Tulk cafe at 1:45pm.
We will be holding a Befriend a Child banner and giving out postcards and flyers. If you spot us please introduce yourself and join our walking team.
More details can be found on the event Facebook page.
Please see flyers below for details of rallies in other states:

News: Drawings reveal the struggles and triumphs of child refugees in their first six months of high school


Pictures tell 1000 words. Amanda Hiorth has been researching the experiences of refugee teenages in highschool. She writes: “Pictures have been found to be a powerful data source for vulnerable young people, providing them with an alternative to express their voice and conceptualise their thoughts without the need for language.”

Read the article here

Take Action: Donate to keep asylum seeker legal support clinics open

The Brisbane Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Network (BRASS) are asking for your help. BRASS are raising money to keep RAILS (Refugee & Immigration Legal Service Inc) and Salvos Humanitarian Clinics open past the 30th June. There are only 2 clinics in the whole of Queensland that operate to support asylum seekers in filling out their immigration applications, and they are struggling to remain open.

These clinics offer such valuable support to asylum seekers that need to fill out a 60 pages report (only in English) detailing their past exposure to war, torture or persecution. With the legal and language aid, this gives asylum seekers a radically better chance at stating their case and finding safety.

These clinics are primarily run by volunteers, but funds are still necessary:
$110 will provide an hour of support
$836 will keep a clinic going for a day
$4180 will fund a clinic for a week
Breaking it down this covers: supervising lawyers, paralegal support, interpreting charges and application costs.

If you can help please follow this link to donate.


Take Action: GetUp! Petition to help Zaharah* save her dad
Next week, Zaharah* will go to Canberra – to meet with politicians and beg them to bring her dad here, and allow her family to be reunited.
Zaharah, her mother, and her siblings all live in Sydney. Her dad has been held on Manus Island for nearly four years.
As Peter Dutton hides behind the Trump resettlement deal – he’s said nothing about the future of split families like Zaharah’s. This could be her last chance to bring her family together, here in Australia.
So Zaharah is going to Canberra, to tell her family’s story. And we can make sure she isn’t going alone.
Thousands of GetUp members have already signed the #SafetyForAll petition, calling on the government to provide safety for everyone held on Manus and Nauru – and that means reuniting families in Australia.
Sign the petition now, so that Zaharah can show politicians how many voters support her family?

3 thoughts on “Home

  1. apmartin2014 says:

    Thank you for all you are doing! Sometimes it seems such a long, hard battle to get these children out of detention. One day we will succeed, but in the meantime, projects such as this at least bring a little pleasure and hope into their lives.


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