Sydney conversations: Every child deserves a childhood

20 July 2010

The theme of the next Sydney Conversations event, to be held 25 August, is 'Every child deserves a childhood'.

The Smith Family has held Sydney Conversations since 2004. The event aims to get the news behind the news and leading experts and commentators are invited to share their knowledge of a current topic that has the potential to affect disadvantaged children and families.

Sydney Conversations will begin with a preview screening of The Caledonia Foundation's drama, Polly and Me, in advance of the ABC's launch of the film during Child Protection Week in September.

This important new short film has been produced by the award-winning film-makers behind The Oasis, which focused on homeless youth in Sydney, and is a fictionalised account of one of many of the tragic stories of the disadvantaged young people featured in this documentary.

Following the screening of Polly and Me, a panel of high-profile guest speakers will lead a discussion about the importance of having a real childhood - letting kids learn and develop, whilst being protected and respected as children.

Speakers include:

Dr Tanveer Ahmed - Psychiatrist and writer
Ian Darling - Chair of the Caledonia Foundation
Elaine Henry - CEO of The Smith Family

Two further panellists are yet to be announced.

Event details:

Date: Wednesday 25 August
Time: 6-8pm
Place: ANZ, Level 20
20 Martin Place
NSW 2000

Please RSVP to The Smith Family by Friday 20 August.
T: 02 9085 7222

The Smith Family and the University of Sydney joined forces in 2004 in a long-term partnership to support and encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds to stay engaged in school and have the opportunity to go on to tertiary education.