Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    Guiding our children, our way

    4/07/2012 12:00 AM
    • Launch of Parenting WA Guides for Aboriginal families mark NAIDOC Week
    • Parenting WA Guides written for and by Aboriginal people
    Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney today launched parenting resources for Western Australian Aboriginal families titled Guiding our children, our way.

    The new resource for Aboriginal parents is the first in a set of five new parenting guides to be rolled out later this year.

    “Parenting is a tough job, your children don’t come with a manual and it is important to get as much information and advice as possible to help with the important task of raising children,” Mrs McSweeney said.

    “These guides are written by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people and are intended to benefit new parents raising children through to the teenage years.”

    The set of 12 tip sheets launched today cover topics such as raising families and respecting Aboriginal ways,  Aboriginal identity, the importance of role models, what makes families work well, step families, story-telling, the importance of grandparents, getting support and helping children grieve.

    “These help sheets are just one part of a suite of resources on offer to all WA parents and families and I would encourage anyone needing support or advice in raising children to contact Parenting WA,” the Minister said.

    The guides are available free on the Department for Communities website.

    The Department for Communities also delivers the Aboriginal-specific early years Best Start programs, which support Aboriginal families in nurturing children’s development.

    The Parenting WA Aboriginal Guides were launched at a morning tea to celebrate NAIDOC Week, which runs from July 1-8.

    Other parenting guides to be launched later this year and next year will focus on babies, children, teenager and families.

          Fact File
    • The Parenting WA Aboriginal Guides are available at http://www.communities.wa.gov.au under the Parenting WA section
    • Parenting WA offers a free 24/7 help line on 6279 1200 or 1800 654 432
    Minister's office  - 6552 6500