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Parenting SA is an initiative of the South Australian Government and part of the Department of Human Services


Disclaimer: These links are provided for information purposes. Parenting SA accepts no responsibility for content of websites linked from this site and does not necessarily endorse the information or opinions presented on these sites.  See the ‘Want more information?’ section at the end of each Parent Easy Guide for further sources of information and support in relation to specific parenting topics.

Helplines - Parenting

  • Parent Helpline (SA) 1300 364 100
           Parent helplines in other States and Territories
  • Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS ) appointments (SA) 1300 733 606
    Visit your local CaFHS office where child health nurses can answer your questions and support your parenting of babies and young children


  • Lifeline 13 11 14 
    Crisis support and suicide prevention
  • Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
    For anyone experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, including new parents. You don’t need a diagnosis to call
  • 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732
    National domestic violence counselling service
  • Domestic Violence and Aboriginal Family Violence Gateway (SA) 1800 800 098
    For anyone experiencing domestic violence – accommodation advice
  • Mensline Australia 1300 789 978
    Telephone and online support for men
  • Healthdirect 1800 022 222
    For 24 hour health advice for the whole family
  • Poisons Information Centre 13 11 26
  • SIDS and Kids (SA) 1300 308 307
    Telephone counselling - bereavement support
  • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
    Telephone and online counselling for children and young people 5-25 years
  • Child Abuse Report Line (SA) 131 478
    If you are concerned a child is being abused or neglected

Parenting and child health

  • Child and Youth Health (SA)
    Information on a wide range of child health and parenting topics from birth to young adult years, as well as pregnancy. Download the South Australian Child Health and Development Record (known as the 'Blue Book') provided to SA parents when their child is born.  It has information about children’s development and can be used to record your child’s health and development. Take it with you to your child’s health appointments. This site also has sections for children, teens and young adults on a wide range of health topics
  • Raising Children Network
    Information on a range of child health and parenting topics from 0-15 years. Has videos, information for Aboriginal families and some topics in languages other than English
  • Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet
    Find information on a wide range of health issues for Aboriginal children and families and links to resources and sources of support

Children, youth

  • Kidsmatter
    Has fact sheets for parents and schools on supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing, as well as videos specially developed for Aboriginal families
  • Youth Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
    Mental health and wellbeing support for young people. Call  anytime or chat online from 3pm – 12am
  • Headspace
    National Youth Mental Health Initiative
    Mental health support for young people aged 12-25 years, families and schools
  • ShineSA 1300 794 584
    Information and support related to sexual health matters for young people to 30 years


  • Kidsafe SA (08) 8161 6318
    Has information and resources to keep children safe from injury
  • SIDS and Kids1300 308 307
    Information on safe sleeping for babies. Has fact sheets for Aboriginal families, and Information about bereavement support  
  • ThinkUKnow
    Internet safety information for parents, schools, children and young people

Play and learning

  • The Little Big Book Club  
    Provides free book packs to parents of babies and young children in South Australia to encourage reading with children from a young age. Packs are available from Child and Family Health (CaFHS) offices and libraries
  • Nature Play SA
    Ideas for encouraging outdoor play activities for children
  • Great Start
    Ideas and activities from the SA Department of Education and Child Development to help parents use everyday activities to support children’s learning and development
  • Playgroup SA (08) 8344 2722
    To find a playgroup near you in South Australia

Languages other than English

  • Parenting SA Parent Easy Guides
    5 parenting topics for new migrant families in Dari, Dinka, French, Swahili, Arabic
  • Raising Children Network
    Has links to resources, services and support  for multicultural and culturally and linguistically diverse communities in a number of States and Territories, as well as parenting videos in a range of languages

Parenting groups in South Australia

Page last updated: 14 February 2017 Government

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