Talk to your child about safety and wellbeing

Conversations are critical to ensuring your child feels safe at school. You can have a positive influence on your child’s social, emotional and academic development by talking with them and by showing them you care about their education.

While conflict is a natural part of growing up and learning how to socialise, bullying can have long-term effects on the wellbeing of your child. It can happen anywhere and any child can become the target of bullying.

Parents can play an active role in encouraging positive behaviours that lead to respectful relationships free from bullying and harassment.

Through the Student Wellbeing Hub parents can access information and advice on how families can support a safe and supportive school environment and manage problems that may arise. 

The dedicated parent section on the Hub includes information and advice on what to do if you think your child is being bullied and the signs to look out for, as well as what to do if your child is bullying another child. Parents and carers will also find advice and information to support their children at school, build positive communication with their children’s school and actively contribute to the school community.

The Hub also links to the Bullying. No Way! website, which  provides helpful information for parents and families about bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence.

Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA)

The Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA) aims to reduce homophobic and transphobic behaviour, discrimination and intersex prejudice in Australian schools; and increase support for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students. This is done by providing free resources and professional advice for teachers, principals and school communities. SSCA resources contain useful information including professional learning for school staff, guidance and tools for more inclusive school policies and practices, assistance for staff to support a transgender or gender diverse student who is transitioning or affirming their gender at school and support for parents of a student questioning their gender identity. A full suite of SSCA resources is available on the Student Wellbeing Hub