Raising children can be hard. We know there’s a lot of things to think about when it comes to keeping your child safe.
Make a safe environment
It’s important your child has a safe environment to grow and thrive.
While your child is growing, they don’t understand what is and isn’t safe for them. Supervision ensures your child stays safe.
Children need a safe and healthy environment. If you were raised a certain way by your parents, you may not realise some behaviours are harmful. Some behaviours may be abuse and neglect.
ParentWorks is a free online program for parents and caregivers of children aged 2 to 16. You can learn strategies to improve your parenting skills and confidence, and manage your child’s behaviour.
The Raising Children Network website has more information about keeping your child safe including:
- help if you feel you might hurt your child
- child safety at home, including practical suggestions to make your home safe
- CPR for children and teenagers in case there’s an emergency.
- a list of national and state parenting helplines you can call for advice or support.
The eSafety Commissioner website has information for parents. It provides online safety advice for parents and carers.
Family and domestic violence
If you’re experiencing family and domestic violence, there’s support available to help keep you and your child safe.
You can get help from us to access our payments and connect you to other support services.
Find other support
Your doctor is a good source of information about child health and safety. Use the find a health service on the healthdirect website to find a doctor in your area.
Local parenting support
Parenting groups are great sources of information and support for parents. This applies if you’re a new parent or already have young children.
Contact your local school or community centre to ask about parenting groups where you live.
States and territories offer other information and support for parents. The links will take you away from our website.
|State or territory||Resources|
|ACT||The ACT Government offers services and resources for children, young people and families.|
|NSW||NSW Government provides support, information and courses if you’re parenting young children.|
|NT||NT.GOV.AU offers information on child health and support services for parents.|
|Qld||The Queensland Government has resources for parents, including advice on raising children.|
|SA||Parenting SA offers information and support for parents, including parenting workshops.|
|Tas||Tasmania’s Department of Health and Human Services has a list of child health centres. They offer free health checks for children aged 0 to 5 years.|
|Vic||Victoria’s Better Health Channel offers family and child support services.|
|WA||Western Australia’s Department of Health provides parenting support and guidance.|