Peers and independence

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Home alone, time online, heading out

Children don’t spend every waking moment in the company of their parents. Children can leave their parents’ care from a very early age, sometimes very soon after birth, and enter childcare, later go to school and often attend sport and excursions without parents. Even if you don’t use childcare and home educate your child, at some point your child is bound to go to sport, theatre, Scouts or other community activity where they interact with other carers, adults and their peers, without a parent nearby. As kids grow, so too will their independence and increased responsibilities.

How will you know your child is safe? Information on specific types of child care, schools and organised groups can be found in the Nurtured section, however, this section contains some safety issues when your child is online, in the company of other carers and peers, or required to be on their own.

Over time, we will be adding articles, lists and other resources here from various emergency services to enable people to be as prepared as possible for any emergency situation. Please subscribe to our e-News below to stay up to date.

National contacts and resources

000 Triple Zero emergency

Ambulance, Fire, Police

Poisons Information

24 hour

State Emergency Services

24 hour

Translating and Interpreting Service

24 hour

If you need support for yourself or someone right now, please contact one of the numbers below. Organisations and services will be added as our site grows. More support can be found across the other Safe pages.

Crime Stoppers

24 hour

Kids Help Line

24 hour


24 hour

Local contacts and resources

To find the details of local emergency services, please select your community area.









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Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation Children's Guide acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.