Umbrella Hearts


Umbrella Hearts is a joint venture of 'Umbrella Ribbons' & 'Hearts & Hands Community Development'.  It is a child protection awareness campaign with the message that 

"It's not OK to hurt children"


Wearing the ‘Umbrella Ribbon’ you show that you care about the children and that you know it is important to protect children from harm.

It's not OK to hurt a child.

Every day it's not OK


Umbrella Hearts originated from a trip to the Philippines to work with carers and teachers in an orphanage helping them to understand the trauma experienced by children when they’ve been rescued from the streets, been abandoned, involved in the child sex trade or child trafficking. Having considerable experience in the education role within child welfare in Australia our founder recognised that the message is the same around the world and hence the Umbrella Hearts Ribbon campaign was launched in Australia and the Philippines. 

The Ribbon:

The ribbon has raindrops (tears), they signify the trauma the children have experienced, and the umbrella (a protective shield) represents the carers who choose to care for and protect the children from further trauma (abuse).

The umbrella is a symbol of protection, and wearing the ribbon displays that you believe children are not to be hurt and you are a person who will stand up and protect them.

The message:

You will step up and protect children

You will have the hard conversations

You will be the child's umbrella (their shield).

You will let it be known it is NOT OK to hurt children

The Ribbon Campaign is currently in operation in Australia & Philippines.



To show your support and purchase your Umbrella Ribbon...

Umbrella Hearts Ribbon campaign was launched in Australia and the Philippines in 2015 when it was determined that awareness and involvement for all was needed to keep children safe from harm.   Keeping children safe is everyones' responsibility.

After many years working within the child protection sector in Australia, and witnessing the lasting and devastating effect abuse on a child can have, the Umbrella Ribbon campaign was born. 

'Umbrella Hearts' supported by Hearts and Hands Community Development decided that this abuse has to stop.  We need to ensure that abuse in all its forms will no longer be tolerated within society or be hidden behind closed doors.

Hearts & Hands ‘Umbrella Hearts’ Ribbon was launched with the aim to raise awareness of this devastating action going on in communities around Australia and across the globe.

It is past time that we stop relying on our elected representatives to ‘fix’ the problem. It is time for every individual to stand up and be counted, to stand up and say this has to STOP and we will no longer turn a blind eye or stay silent when a child is being abused. 

Umbrella Hearts is an awareness programme unlike many others out there in society that emphasize a special day or month.   Hearts and Hands ‘Umbrella Hearts' ribbon believes it needs to be every person every day to keep ALL our children safe.

It is a simple thing to do, just wear the Umbrella Ribbon proudly and talk to others about why you wear it and your belief that children must not experience abuse of any kind and you as one member of your community will stand up and be counted, you will not stay silent or turn a blind eye.

It's not OK to hurt a child.

Every day it's not OK