Our Story

Established in 1973, CAPS is the oldest child abuse prevention organisation in Australia. 

We are a non-government, non-religious charitable organisation that works with vulnerable children and people across Australia to prevent child maltreatment in all its forms.

Our story began when nurse and mother Dorothy Ginn began volunteering at the Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross. There she helped to care for runaway children and people struggling with addiction.

Through this work she began to notice that childhood maltreatment and neglect were often the root cause of the trauma being experienced by the people in her care.

One day Dorothy encountered a distressed man in the chapel. His wife had killed their baby that morning. He asked her, “Where do you go when something like this is happening, before it’s too late?”

Dorothy would soon have the answer. She and a handful of other volunteers went on to found Prevention, the first-ever organisation in Australia dedicated to preventing all forms of child abuse.

Today, we are just known as CAPS. Our vision is simple but powerful: “Every child is safe, supported and loved”.

Our staff are experienced psychologists, counsellors and child protection policy experts who are well-equipped to provide evidence-based educational programs and bespoke child safe organisation solutions to build well-being, emotional resilience and forever break the cycle of abuse.

Your generous support will help to change the lives of our most vulnerable.