Parents & Caregivers

Parents play an important role in providing sexual health information to their children and research suggests that quality communication is critical to developing children’s socialisation and confidence. As well as this, it has shown to reduce risk-taking behaviours in regards to sexual activity. There is a variety of resources and support available to parents and schools.

We are in the process of updating a resource for parents/carers on how to discuss respectful, safe and healthy relationships with the child/ren. We would appreciate your input via a survey regarding the content of this guide to ensure it is a valuable resource for you and other parents/carers to use.

Click here to access the survey via Survey Monkey.

Thank you in advance for your time and valuable feedback.

SHINE SA provides an extensive Library containing information relevant for parents of children of various ages and abilities.

Membership is free for South Australians.

Contact by phone on 1800 188 171 (toll free) or email to join.


SHINE SA’s sexual health counsellors prefer self-referrals, but referrals may be made from parents, caregivers or teachers as long as the person is wanting a service.

Our counsellors are also happy to talk to parents if they have a query and to support appointments for individuals or as a couple. See Counselling.


Once a school has made a commitment to deliver a comprehensive relationships and sexual health curriculum, SHINE SA can assist in the planning and implementation of a parent information evening onsite.

This includes development of a program highlighting what the school is doing; SHINE SA Coordinators co-facilitating the evening with teachers; inviting parents/carers to participate in learning activities and view associated resources; package of resources including PowerPoint, and suggested take home resources for use in the future.

Our aim is to provide support in the first instance to build confidence and capacity for staff to facilitate future evenings on their own.

For further information contact the Coordinator: Focus Schools Program on (08) 8300 5353 or


Talk it like it is: A guide for parents communicating with their children about life, love, relationships and sex. Can be downloaded using the above link.

Friendships and dating: Information about relationships for parents, carers and young people with a disability. This booklet can be downloaded using the above link or ordered from SHINE SA. There is also a DVD format available at our Online Shop.

Talk soon. Talk often. A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex. Government of Western Australia, Department of Health. Title: Talk soon. Talk often. A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex   (PDF File 2.8 MB)