Rainbows for the Children of Australia, founded in 1983, is a grief-support, harm prevention charity for children, adolescents and adults who are confronting a significant loss or painful transition in their lives. ABN:36 081 250 142

Recognising that those in emotional pain, especially children and adults, need and deserve someone they can trust to guide them through the process of loss, Rainbows has developed peer-support programs that are led by a trained adult facilitator.

These peer support programs also include a harm prevention approach that addresses the areas of depression, loss and grief, family break-down , suicide prevention, deliberate self-harm and parenting skills.

What is the Rainbows Program?

Rainbows is a weekly peer support program for children and adults who are experiencing a significant life altering crisis or painful transition.

When something significant happens in a family, the whole family is affected, yet, because of age and short life experience, children find it difficult to verbalise their feelings.

To carry out our mission, Rainbowshas developed five age-directed programs:

SunBeams – for pre-school age children

Rainbows – for primary school age children

Spectrum – for secondary school age children

Silver Linings – a community crisis response program

Silver Linings Indigenous Community Crisis Response Program

We have caring, trained adults to help these children put their feelings into words, work through their grief, build a stronger sense of self and begin to accept what has taken place in the family.

Rainbows is not counselling or therapy and we do not claim to have answers to all problems.

We aim to help children sort through their sense of loss through peer support, a safe place to share themselves and nurturing adults to guide them.

Please note parents are not required to purchase program materials for their children as these are provided by the school or community site.

Benefits of the Program

Independent research shows that Rainbows benefits children in their self-esteem and emotional development, their ability to form and sustain relationships and their inclusion in school life.

Intervention and support at the right time can help prevent emotional and behavioural problems in later years. Rainbows also helps develop the professional skills of school staff.

Rainbows sessions include