Robyn Miller, chief executive of MacKillop Family Services, has been voted among the social service sector’s most inspiring and influential leaders in the Pro Bono Impact 25 Awards 2021.
More than 19,000 people voted from a shortlist of 150 to select this year’s Impact 25 winners, who have been picked for their innovation, influence, and collaboration following one of the toughest years of our times.
Dr Miller was nominated for implementing an innovative program to help young people in out-of-home care who are at risk of child sexual abuse.
Power to Kids teaches young people – and the carers who work with them – strategies to recognise and intervene early when they are the targets of harmful sexual behaviour, sexual exploitation and dating violence. Young people in care are at a much greater risk, and there was previously an absence of a targeted and evaluated program. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse brought a strong attention to this need.
Honoured to be selected for the prestigious award, Dr Miller paid tribute to her colleagues and said the need to find ways to prevent harm and protect vulnerable children, young people and their families, drives her work.
“Child protection and looking after children in care is vitally important work. I work with the most inspiring, caring, and compassionate people in this sector who are committed to prevention and best practice. It’s a human rights issue and as providers of services we need to be smarter.”
MacKillop CEO voted Pro Bono Impact 25 winner (MacKillop Family Services)