Parenting SA

Sexuality, gender identity and donor conception

Sexuality education and resources

(see also: LGBTIQ+)


All people from diverse cultures, sexual orientations, genders, sexes and abilities are welcome to access information and services. Fact sheets are free to download and may support discussion around puberty, menstruation and other sexual health topics.


Talk soon. Talk often - Department of Health, WA

This free resource has been developed to help parents initiate regular and relaxed conversations with their children about relationships and sexuality education.

‘Talk soon. Talk often. A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex’

Yarning quiet ways - Department of Health, WA

Developed in consultation with Aboriginal families, this document gives tips to parents of young Aboriginal people to help make yarning about sex and relationships a little easier.

Yarning quiet ways - teaching kids to have strong, healthy and safe relationships (PDF 7.1 MB)

Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum - Department of Education

The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) is a respectful relationships and child safety curriculum for children and young people from age 3 to year 12.

Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum information for parents and carers

Online safety for parents and caregivers - eSafety Commissioner

Parent-friendly resource to help keep children safe online, including songs, books, advice, webinars and other resources.

eSafety for parents and caregivers - eSafety Commissioner

Kids Helpline
Phone and online support for children and young people up to 25 years, including about becoming a parent. Online chat is available.
Phone 1800 55 1800 (24-hour service)
Email Kids Helpline
Kids Helpline Online Chat

Raising Children Network
Information in many languages about raising children and young people. Topics include:

Gender Identity

Gender Diversity Service - Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Referrals accepted for any child or young person up to age 17 regarding gender identity concerns

Gender diversity service

Trans Health South Australia

Resources and services.

Trans Health South Australia

Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

Information on gender dysphoria.

Gender dysphoria - Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne

The Gender Centre

‘First steps: Supporting and caring for transgender children: Shared stories and information from parents and caregivers’ - PDF 1.2MB 


Information about gender diverse children of all ages.

TransHub website


Information, peer support and links to other services for families of transgender children .

Transcend website

Parents of Gender Diverse Children

Peer support, information, referrals and advocacy.

Parents of Gender Diverse Children website

Donor conception: Telling your child

Registered reproductive clinics

Some clinics provide ongoing services for parents and donor-conceived children, young people and adults including how parents can talk with their child, other family members and friends.

SA Register of Assisted Reproductive Treatment Providers

Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority

Resources on telling children about where they came from and talking to other family members/friends. Support groups for parents, including solo mums, as well as donor-conceived adults.

Telling children, family and others

Solo Mums by Choice (SMC)

Online forum for solo mums

Donor Conception Network (UK)

Parent-led family support network. ‘Out of Europe’. Annual membership available.

Donor Conception Network

Parent Easy Guides

Children and learning about sexuality

Donor conception: telling your child

Protecting children from sexual abuse

Positive approaches to guiding behaviour: 2–12 years

Talking sex with young people

Transgender and gender diverse children and young people

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02 Mar 2021
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