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Safe and supported

“I really liked this survey. I thought it had a good variety of questions and although some questions were slightly upsetting to answer, I think they were good topics to be asked about.”

Every child or young person has the right to be loved and to feel safe and supported - this involves positive family relationships and connections with other adults, along with personal and community safety.

The Speaking Out Survey asked students in Years 4 to Year 12 about their relationships with their parents and other adults in their lives, their material basics such as housing, transport and food and if there were any family problems that worried them. They were also asked about their feelings of safety at home, in their community and about their experiences of violence and harm.

The key findings are below.

Safe and supported

Safe and healthy relationships
  • More than one-half (54.5%) of students feel they are very good at making and keeping friends and one-third (37.7%) say they are okay at it.
  • 1-in-5 Year 10–12 students said they feel they do not have enough friends.
  • 72% of students feel their dad and 82% feel their mum cares about them a lot.
  • 1-in-10 Year 7–12 students do not live with a parent or adult they feel they can talk to about their problems.
  • 1-in-10 female Year 7–12 students said their family gets along badly.
  • One-quarter of female Year 7–12 students do not feel confident they have a parent who will listen to them when they have something to say.
Material needs
  • 80% of Year 4–6 students and 90% of Year 7–12 students have their own bedroom.
  • Nearly one-third of Year 4–6 students moved house in the last 12 months.
  • 4% of students reported their family did not own a car used for family transport.
  • 1-in-10 students reported that only sometimes is there enough food for them to eat at home when they are hungry and 1% said there is never enough food.
  • 1-in-3 Year 7–12 students reported they had not been on a family holiday in the last 12 months.
  • 96% of Year 10–12 students own a mobile phone.
Feeling physically and emotionally safe
  • Nearly 1-in-2 female Year 7–12 students do not always feel safe at home.
  • 3% of students feel safe at home a little bit of the time or never.
  • More than one-half of Year 7–12 students worry that someone in their family will be fighting and 1-in-10 worry a lot.
  • Younger students worry about someone in their home or family hurting themselves or moving away while older students worry about someone in the family fighting.
  • 1-in-10 students worry a lot about family trouble or conflict within the family.
  • 1-in-3 female students reported feeling safe in their local area sometimes or less.
  • 1-in-2 students feel safe on buses and trains sometimes or less. The proportion is even greater for female students.
  • 1-in-3 female students are not certain they have an adult they would feel okay talking to about serious problems.
  • One-half of Year 9–12 students reported they had been hit or physically harmed by someone on purpose.
  • Female students are most likely to be physically harmed at home while male students are most likely to be physically harmed at school and other public places.

Speaking Out Survey 2019 - Summary report

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