You and your kids are important and have the right to be safe at home and in the community.
Every mum, dad and caregiver — no matter what their family looks like — needs help at some stage of their kids’ development.
From babies to toddlers to teens, kids have different challenges. Sometimes we need family and friends to give us a break, or teachers and child carers to provide advice, or community services to help us deal with bigger issues.
Getting information and support early can help kids and their families stay safe and well.
Whatever your family situation, ASK can help.
It’s ok to ASK for help. ASK is a safe place.
Information for you
The Families Growing Together program offers parents and carers a range of face-to-face workshops and online webinars to suit their parenting needs.
For Aboriginal families and communities, a co-design process is used to tailor the workshops.
- My Child and Me – a two-part workshop for parents of children aged 2–12 years
- Living with Young People – a two-part workshop for parents of children aged 12–18 years
- Growing and learning in the family — a two-part workshop to support parents to connect with their child through play
- Coping Skills – a two-part workshop exploring stress and resilience
Delivered in a relaxed and informal style, these workshops and webinars offer parents helpful information and a choice of simple, practical strategies based on the latest parenting research and using information from Parenting SA.
Workshops and webinars are all live and free and are designed to be interactive with videos, activities and time for parents to discuss information together in small groups or through the chat function.
Parenting SA provides the community with free quality information on raising children.
Parenting Easy Guides
- About babies
- Being a parent
- Family break-up
- Families that work well
- Growing and learning in the family
- Living with young people
- New parents
- Parenting style
- Positive approaches to guiding behaviour (2 to 12 years)
- Time in: guiding children's behaviour
- What about parents' rights?
- All Parent Easy Guides
Parenting SA videos
Raising Children Network provides ad-free parenting videos, articles and apps backed by Australian experts
Free, reliable, up-to-date and independent information to help you and your family grow and thrive together, including:
Multiple Birth South Australia is a welcoming, inclusive community that understands the unique challenges experienced by multiple birth families.
They provide practical support, including a Home Help Service, free feeding pillow hire, webinars, events and a network of connections.
Circle of SecurityTM is for parents and families with kids aged 6 and under, to better understand your relationship and ways to meet their needs. The course is offered by several providers, including:
Women’s Information Service 'What's On' is a regularly updated a list of services and activities, including parenting courses across the state.
SA.gov.au has a page for families providing foster or kinship care, including advice, home visits and support.
Department of Child Protection has information for families caring for Aboriginal children and young people who have been removed from the family home.
Connecting Foster and Kinship Carers - SA is an expert group that recognises carers as vital partners in the child protection system. They provide individual and systemic advocacy, information, education and support to the carer community across South Australia.
Grandparents for Grandchildren supports grandparents and other kinship carers who may be struggling with the complexities of caring for their grandchildren.
Health direct provides advice on symptoms and finding a health service or information.
Phone 1800 022 222 (24-hour service)
The Child and Adolescent Virtual Urgent Care Service is for children aged 6 months to 17 years. It is an online form from the Women's and Children's Hospital that will direct you to the best care for your child. The service is open every day from 9:00am to 9.00pm.
If life is in danger, phone 000 (triple zero)
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has information about products to ensure babies are safe when sleeping, moving, being soothed, playing and bathing. This information is for parents and carers to think about when purchasing, installing, and using baby products, to keep babies safe.
Families can also access the latest list of product recalls for any baby and children's items.
Services for you
Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS) supports all SA families with babies and kids 0 to 5 years. They have a focus on 0 to 3 years and can help you with:
- babies' feeding and settling
- milestones and development checks
- information and suggestions for parents and caregivers.
CaFHS provides a free home visit/consultation to all families with newborns, generally within a month of the baby coming home from hospital.
CaFHS Parent Helpline is for parents and carers of children from 0 to 5 years who need some advice over the phone.
Phone 1300 364 100
CaFHS Early Parenting Groups
Phone 1300 733 606
Early Parenting Groups in your area
These centres offer a range of services bringing together education, health, community development activities and services for families.
Services may include:
- long day care
- occasional care
- programs to support families with children from birth to school age.
Providing individual and group support before, during and after pregnancy and while you’re parenting. MY Health also has nurses, midwives, doctors and counsellors. MY Health is free and confidential for young people aged 12 to 25 years.
Family by Family links families up with other families to make changes they want in their lives. All Australian families deserve to thrive, not just survive. Thriving families are moving towards what they want: they try new things, plan for the future, connect family members to new opportunities, and offer positive feedback and mutual support.
Centacare Catholic Family Services
Relationships Australia (South Australia) – iKiDs children's counselling
Someone to talk to
The Women's Information Service provides information to South Australian women.
They do this:
- over the phone
- in person at their shopfront in the city.
WIS aims to increase access to information that promotes choice and empowerment. They offer an anonymous service.
Shopfront: 101 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm