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Parent information and support

Emergencies

Police, Fire, Ambulance: 000
Police attendance: 131 444
Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 800 098
Poisons Information Line: 13 11 26
Lifeline crisis support: 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service for people at risk of suicide, and their carers: 1300 659 467

Helplines

Parent helpline
Advice for dads, mums and carers on baby and child health and parenting, including feeding and settling babies.
Phone: 1300 364 100 (24 hours)

Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS) 
Phone: 1300 733 606 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday for an appointment.
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)

Child Abuse Report Line
If you are worried a child is being abused or neglected.
Phone: 13 14 78 (24 hours)

Kids helpline 
Information on a broad range of topics for children and young people up to 25 years, including about becoming a parent.
Phone: 1800 55 1800

1800 RESPECT
Provides help and support when there is violence in your family.
Phone: 1800 737 732 or chat online 24 hours, 7 days a week

Positive approaches for guiding behaviour

Find information, videos, books, blogs and online courses supporting positive approaches to
guiding behaviour on the following websites (fees may apply to some resources):

Happy Families: Dr Justin Coulson www.happyfamilies.com.au
Intuitive Parenting: Jodie Benveniste https://jodiebenveniste.com
Parenting ideas: Michael Grose www.parentingideas.com.au
Aha Parenting: Dr Laura Markham www.ahaparenting.com
Connective Parenting: Bonnie Harris https://bonnieharris.com
Lives in the balance: Dr Ross Greene www.livesinthebalance.org
A fine parent: https://afineparent.com

Services for families

Relationships Australia SA
Support for parents and caregivers in nurturing children’s development and wellbeing
Phone: 1300 364 277

Uniting Communities (Adelaide): 1800 615 677

Uniting Care Wesley Bowden: 8245 7100

Uniting SA: 8440 2200

Uniting Care Wesley Country SA (Port Pirie): 8633 8600

Centacare: 8215 6700

Anglicare SA: 8305 9200

Mission Australia: 8218 2800

Raising Children Network
Information on raising babies, children and teens (in a number of languages)

Child safety

Kidsafe SA
Children’s safety, including safe car seats.
Phone: 8161 6318

SIDS and Kids
Safe sleeping for babies.
Phone: 8332 1066

Mental health and wellbeing

SA.gov.au
Information about mental health and education for children.

Cybersafety and cybercrime

SA.gov.au
Bullying and harassment information, advice and helplines.

Children with a disability

Special Education Resource unit
Phone: 8235 2871

Protecting children and young people with disability and preventing sexual abuse

Other disability resources

Young parents

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.

  • Elizabeth: 8255 3477
  • Christies Beach: 8326 6053
  • Angle Park: 8243 5637

Talking Realities
A program for young parents at Angle Vale
Phone: 8243 5637

Family support program, Anglicare SA: 8131 3400

Centacare - young parent learning centas
Supporting young women with children to finish their education
Phone: 8215 6700

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.

Young people, body image and food

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.

Statewide Eating Disorder Service (SEDS)
For people with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other specified feeding or eating disorders.
Phone: 8198 0800 Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm

The Butterfly Foundation
Supporting people with eating disorders and body image issues.
Phone: 1800 33 4673

National Eating Disorders Collaboration
Eating disorders information for young people, parents and professionals.
Phone: (02) 9412 4499

Contact

Parenting SA

Phone: 08 8303 1660
Email: health.parentingsa [at] sa.gov.au
Fax: 08 8303 1653