What is It Takes 6?

This is a communications tool developed by Every Child with the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY). Aiming to 'cut-through' to the public, decision-makers and our sector partners, to show that children and young people have needs across six primary areas. This includes housing, learning and health, as well as a need to participate, to be heard; and to be connected to community and culture. 

What is the cost of ignoring the 6?

COVID-19 has compounded the divide in Australia - the divide is growing between those who can access the supports they need and those who cannot. Too many children and young people are missing out on the 6 basic elements to be confident, safe and developing well. Support is often not available early when they need it most, and it is often fragmented across different agencies and locations. Children get the best start when support across all areas of need is "stacked" (Molloy et al, 2018) in the early years of their lives. 

Download The Facts: Understanding Why It Takes 6 for kids to do well

Getting active with It Takes 6

It Takes 6 for every child to start school ready to learn and every young person to leave school ready for life and work. Watch these recordings to find out more about what we can all do to make sure every child and young person has access to the supports they need to thrive. 

It Takes 6 was developed by Every Child with ARACY. Derived from The Nest, ARACY. 


We also acknowledge support for the It Takes 6 project from

Clem Jones Foundation 


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