Parent information and support
If life is in danger, phone 000 (triple zero)
Police attendance: Phone 131 444
Domestic Violence Helpline: Phone 1800 800 098
Poisons Information Line: Phone 13 11 26
Lifeline crisis support: Phone 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service for people at risk of suicide, and their carers: Phone 1300 659 467
Behaviour - positive approaches
Find information, videos, books, blogs and online courses supporting positive approaches to guiding behaviour. Fees may apply to some resources.
- Happy Families - Dr Justin Coulson
- Parenting ideas - Michael Grose
- Aha Parenting - Dr Laura Markham
- Connective Parenting - Bonnie Harris
- Lives in the balance - Dr Ross Greene
- A fine parent - a group of parents
Body image, food and healthy living
Eat for Health, Australian Government
The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and other information about eating well.
Girls Make Your Move, Australian Government
Promoting sport and physical activity for girls.
Healthy Eating for Kids and Teens, South Australian Government
Tips for helping children and teens to eat well and be active.
Cybersafety and cybercrime
Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner
Information on online safety for parents (iParent) and women (eSafetyWomen), children and young people. Includes cyber bullying, sexting, trolling, digital reputation, online gaming. Provides a guide to games, apps and social networking. You can report cyber bullying and offensive material. Has resources
for Aboriginal families and schools (Be Deadly Online)
Google Safety Centre
Online safety tips for parents, including Google SafeSearch.
ReportCyber – Australian Cyber Security Centre
A national site for reporting cybercrime.
Cyber safety for parents and teachers including privacy management, sexting, gaming consoles. Has guides for young people on using a number of social media sites
Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN)
A national site for reporting cybercrime
Australian Federal Police
Crime Stoppers SA
Phone 1800 333 000
Common Sense Media
A US website with reviews of movies, games and apps.
A US website with an online tool for developing a family screen use plan.
Stay Smart Online Alert Service
A free service for Australian internet users to explain recent online threats and how they can be managed
Australian Council on Children and the Media
Information about children and media, and app review service ‘Know before you load’
Classification ratings for movies and games
Department for Education
Information for families and students about cyber-safety, bullying and harassment
Information about simulated gambling in games
See also: Sexual abuse of children
Special Education Resource Unit (Department of Education)
Specialised resources and information for children and students with disability from birth to Year 12.
Phone 8235 2871
Domestic and family violence
Police - Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
A person at risk of domestic violence can get information about their partner or ex-partner, to help them make decisions about their safety. Apply online or at a police station.
Police – family violence advice
Metropolitan Adelaide - contact your local Family Violence Investigation Section.
In country areas, contact your local police station.
Family Relationships Advice Line
Advice for families affected by relationship or separation issues, including locating dispute providers. Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, Saturdays 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
Phone 1800 050 321
Local domestic violence services
Supported accommodation, outreach and counselling for victims of violence
- Eastern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service - Phone 8365 5033
- Southern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service - Phone 8382 0066
- Western Adelaide Domestic Violence Service - Phone 8268 7700
- Northern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service - Phone 8255 3622
Migrant Women’s Support Program
Support for migrant women and children experiencing family violence
Phone 8152 9260
Nunga Mi:Minar (Northern Region Domestic Violence Service)
Freecall 1800 003 308
Ninko Kurtangga Patpangga (Southern Regional Aboriginal Family Violence Service)
Phone 8297 9644
If you think you are hurting your family
Drugs and alcohol
Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS)
A confidential telephone counselling, information and referral service run by Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia.
Drug Help - Department of Health
Information about drugs and their effects including what drugs look like. Tips for parents on
talking with their teens
0439 TELL ME
Text a drug name and receive a text with information about the effects of the drug and links to further information.
Text to 0439 835 563
Information and guidelines on preventing adolescent alcohol misuse, including free online course
Education and learning
Activity ideas that promote children’s learning
For advice on child health and parenting phone 1300 364 100
Raising Children Network
For parenting information including preparing for starting school
Family support services
Family Relationships Online
Information for all families – whether together or separated – about family relationship issues. Find out about a range of services to assist families manage relationship issues, including helping families agree on arrangements for children after parents separate.
For information about family law and dispute resolution. Online chat available.
Raising Children Network
Information on raising babies, children and teens (in a number of languages)
Parent helpline (24 hours)
Advice for parents and carers on baby and child health and parenting, including feeding, settling babies and toilet training.
Phone 1300 364 100
Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS)
Appointments available from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday. Phone 1300 733 606
Child health nurses provide advice and support on baby and child health, development and parenting.
Child and Youth Health Information about a wide range of parenting topics, and pregnancy.
You can also find the My Health and Development Record (the Blue Book) (PDF 2.5 MB)
LGBTIQ+ resources for parents and young people
Parents Supporting Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays in South Australia
Support for parents and their gay, lesbian or bisexual children. Resources including ‘Closet Space’ DVD or video.
Phone 8369 0718
Beyond Blue: Families like mineA guide for parents and families when young people are questioning their sexuality or gender identity.
Services for the transgender and gender diverse community.
Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Information on gender dysphoria.
Australian Human Rights Commission
The promotion and protection of human rights in Australia, including sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.
Department of Education SA
The department has policies and procedures to ensure all students, including those who are same-sex attracted, gender diverse, transgender and intersex, receive a quality education in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment.
- Children and learning about sexuality
- Living with young people
- Talking sex with young people
- Young people who are gay, lesbian or bisexual
- Young people, feelings and depression.
For young people
Free online support and counselling for young people,their families and friends
Has information on sexuality and sexual identity and provides online chat and other connection and support options. Find what your local headspace centre offers.
For support with appointments, counselling, information and resources for parents and young people.
- Sexual healthline (before noon, Monday to Friday) phone 1300 883 793 or country callers 1800 188 171.
- 64 Woodville Road, Woodville. For appointments, phone 8300 5300
- 57 Hyde Street, Adelaide. For appointments, phone 8300 5300
Information for young people coping with tough times.
Legal Information for young people.
Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council
A national body that advocates for the rights of multicultural and multifaith LGBTIQ individuals and communities
Media, movies and television
Information about classification ratings including for movies and apps
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Responsible for regulating media and handling program content complaints
Australian Government Department of Health
Guidelines for physical activity and sedentary behaviour for all ages, including screen time recommendations
Mental health and wellbeing
Be You - provides educators with knowledge, resources and strategies for helping children and young people achieve their best possible mental health.
Healthy Mind is an Easy Read tool that suits people with intellectual disability.
Youth Mental Health Service
Supporting young people 16 to 24 years to manage their mental health. Open 24 hours.
Phone 13 14 65
Online mental health support for young people
An online resource helping women recover from post-natal depression.
PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia)
For information, support and counselling for new parents, family and friends.
Phone 1300 726 306
What were we thinking
Information about common experiences for mothers and fathers in the early months of parenthood and some effective ways of thinking about and managing them.
Supports the emotional health of new mums at every step.
Safe environments for children
Sexual abuse of children
Online safety information and to report online grooming to Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation.
Parenting SA guides including:
- Cyber safety
- Child abuse
- Children and learning about sexuality
- Families that work well
- Family violence
- Talking sex with young people
Metropolitan Youth Health (MY Health) young parent programs
Providing individual and group support before, during and after pregnancy and while you’re parenting. MY Health also has nurses, midwives, doctors and counsellors.
A program for young parents at Angle Vale
Phone 8243 5637
Centacare - young family support program
Parenting support and accommodation at a number of locations, including on-site learning programs where residents can complete their high school education.
Phone 8359 1022
Young Pregnant and Parenting Network
Supporting pregnant and parenting young people to make the right choices for themselves and their children.