Launched by the President of the Children's Court, Judge Amanda Chambers, Attorney-General, the Hon. Martin Pakula MP, the Hon. Jenny Mikakos MP and CEO of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation (AMF), Lesley Podesta on 18 April 2018, this innovative space is a safe and supported area for those vulnerable children placed in emergency care. Brilliantly designed and imaginatively fitted out, the Cubby House provides an engaging and distracting environment for the children and young people supported by a qualified AMF youth worker while they are at court. This space is based on the successful Cubby House at Broadmeadows Children's Court which was opened in October 2015.
Additional building works were completed as part of this project including the creation of separate waiting areas for victims and perpetrators of family of violence, additional private interview rooms, a refurbished public ground floor children's play area and outdoor courtyard, new seating, tactile walls and a quiet area outside courtroom six. These improved areas have been specifically designed to reduce the stress on the vulnerable children and families attending the court by providing a more safe, secure and calming environment.