About

Drawing by Child Christmas Island 2 _HRCommission

The purpose of the Befriend a Child in Detention Project is to support children seeking asylum, to raise awareness of their circumstances, and to advocate for positive change. We are committed to seeing an end to the detention of children, both in Australia and in Australian run facilities on Nauru.

VISION

To see no more children living in detention.

AIMS

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.

VALUES

We are a ‘non-profit’ community project.

We have no religious or political agenda.

We welcome all those seeking asylum.

We believe in treating all people with dignity, compassion and respect.

We support the UN Convention on the  Rights of the Child.

We believe in the power of community to affect positive change.

Whilst our obvious moral responsibility is towards children in detention in places like Nauru, we are also sensitive to the global reality of children seeking asylum and children placed in detention in other parts of the world.
Our hearts ache as we see what is happening in places like Syria, Iraq and upon the Mediterranean Sea in recent days.
Awareness of the vulnerability of children in places beyond Australia enhances our commitment to doing our best for those children who are our specific responsibility. Moreover, if and when our care for children is exemplary, we will be better able to encourage other nations to improve their care, too.
The global dimension of this bleak start to life for many, many children in detention means we must do our best now for those whose fate we can improve“.

                                      – Bishop Phillip Huggins

The Project

The Befriend a Child in detention project involves 4 activities: THIS MATTERS TO ME CAMPAIGN The This Matters To Me campaign is an opportunity for members of the public to tell politicians that ending the detention of children seeking asylum is an important issue, that needs to be addressed immediately. …. LINKS NOT CHAINS PROGRAM … Continue reading The Project

The Team

  Project Founder  Dr. June Factor   June is a writer, folklorist and social historian. She believes that Befriend a Child in Detention is a means for  compassionate Australians to connect with and speak up for the asylum seeker children and their families whom our government refuses sanctuary and treats with contempt and cruelty. It also … Continue reading The Team