​Involving parents and carers

The meaningful involvement of parents, carers and other family members is essential for developing and maintaining safe and supportive learning environments.

Positive teacher-parent and family relationships are built through regular formal and informal activities, some of which can focus specifically on safety, wellbeing and bullying.

Effective family and community partnerships is one of the five elements of the Australi​an Student Wellbeing Framework. ​The principle being that 'Families and communities collaborate as partners with the school to support student learning, safety and wellbeing'.

This page is based directly on content from the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework (PDF, 2.7MB)​.

Effective practice:

  • Proactively build collaborative relationships with families and communities   to create a shared understanding of how to support student learning, safety  and wellbeing
  • Develop strategies to sustain culturally respectful partnerships with families  and communities that are welcoming and inclusive
  • Build partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and  community organisations to ensure a culturally safe environment and a   two-way reciprocal exchange of knowledge on wellbeing issues
  • Build links with community organisations, services and agencies to assist  schools in the early identification of need and to collaboratively plan targeted  support for all students and families, including those from vulnerable groups
  • Regularly monitor and review school capacity to respond to specific  instances of student and family need to protect their safety and wellbeing  within the context of the school’s urban, regional, rural or remote location

Education

A shared understanding of bullying, student safety and wellbeing is developed through the school providing opportunities for parent/carer education, including:

  • developing strategies to empower parents to offer effective parental support around issues
  • recognising signs that their child might be being bullied (including in person and online), be involved in bullying others, or be engaging in unsafe use of technology
  • communicating with the school about bullying, safety and wellbeing, let the school know of any concerns they have about the safety and wellbeing of their own child or any other student at the school.
  • understanding what actions the school will take in response to situations involving bullying and aggression
  • providing links to credible information and websites, such as Bullying. No Way! See the Student Wellbeing Hub​​ for more information and suggested other websites.

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