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Research consistently shows the relationships that children and young people have with their families, particularly their parents, are among the most important influences on child and adolescent development and psychological wellbeing, which sets the foundation for their health and wellbeing in childhood and adult life.

It is essential that evidence-based parenting support programs continue to be provided to local communities.



How can you help your child to be engaged in school and learning?

Top tips for parents, carers and family

School and learning consultation - Technical report

Speaking out about school and learning - The views of WA children and young people on factors that support their engagement in school and learning

Speaking out about school and learning - Summary report

Child safe organisations WA - Information for parents, carers and family

Issues Papers

Issues Papers

Supporting parents

Policy Briefs

Policy Briefs

Family relationships

Developed from the Commissioner's 2014 Wellbeing Monitoring Framework

Maternal and infant health

Developed from the Commissioner's 2014 Wellbeing Monitoring Framework

Aboriginal children and young people speak out about culture and identity

Developed from the Commissioner's 2011 Wellbeing research project



Submission to National Children’s Commissioner on young parents and their children

Submission to the National Children’s Commissioner project on interventions and supports for young parents and their children.

Submission to the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, April 2016

Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy Discussion Paper

Submission to Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, May 2013

Paid Parental Leave Scheme Review

Submission to the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, October 2011

Comment on the Paid Parental Leave: Dad and Partner Pay Policy Statement



Thinker in Residence 2016-17

The 2016-17 Thinker in Residence was e-mental health researcher and advocate Professor Jane Burns. Professor Jane Burns is Professor of Innovation and Industry at The University of Sydney in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Her work focuses on driving practical and positive change in the community and the mental health sector, with a priority on uniting young people with researchers, practitioners and innovators to explore the role of technology in improving mental health programs and services.

Addressing Bullying Behaviour in Children and Young People 2015

During Children's Week 2015 the Commissioner held a free public forum for parents, teachers and other professionals about effective methods of reducing bullying behaviour, which included a presentation by Winthrop Professor Donna Cross from the Telethon Kids Institute.

Thinker in Residence 2014

International expert in child resilience Dr Michael Ungar visited Perth in 2014, offering new perspectives on a community-wide approach to building resilience in children and young people, particularly those who are vulnerable or who have complex needs.

Thinker in Residence 2013

Canadian early childhood expert, Dr Stuart Shanker, examined the function and application of self-regulation as a factor in improving the wellbeing of children and young people in Western Australia.

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