Info for parents, carers and family
The Commissioner has developed resources to help support parents, carers and families of WA children and young people.
The Commissioner’s work has regard to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and acts on the principle that parents, families and communities have the primary role in safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of their children and young people and should be supported in carrying out their role.
The resources provide parents, carers and families with practical tips to use with their children to help make meaningful, real-life improvements to their world.
How can you help your child feel and be safe wherever they are?
Children and young people have the right to be safe, feel safe and be treated with respect wherever they are – at home, school, clubs, churches, sport - everywhere.
There are three main things you can do to help keep children safe wherever they are:
1. Help children to understand and speak up.
2. Choose organisations carefully and stay involved.
3. Act appropriately on concerns if a child tells you they are being harmed or feel unsafe.
See the resources below for more information.
How can you help your child to be engaged in school and learning?
School is an important part of a child’s development, so how can families and carers best support their children to do well?
The Commissioner consulted 1,800 WA school students from Years 3 to 12 on what helps their engagement at school.
Based on their views, here are some ways families and carers can help primary and secondary students:
Resources on how to talk about the coronavirus
The Commissioner has published some simple tips on how to support children and young people during this time.
The following websites have useful information on how to talk to children about coronavirus and help address some of their fears and worries.
Tips for discussing coronavirus with your kids, Telethon Kids Institute
COVID-19: An online safety kit for parents and carers, e-Safety Commissioner
COVID-19 language translation resources, EthnoLink
For the latest updates on the coronavirus go to Department of Health WA.
You can find links to resources for children and an opportunity for them to share how they are feeling with the Commissioner on our Info for children and young people page.
Top tips for supporting children and young people right now
More useful resources
Child Safe Organisations: Parents and carers - Australian Human Rights Commission
Talk soon. Talk often. A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex - WA Department of Health
Parent guides: Yarning up about child sexual abuse - Child Wise