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Gifted and Talented Resources on Raising Children Network

The Department of Education and Training has partnered with the Raising Children Network to develop new text and video resources for parents of gifted and talented children and teenagers.

The Raising Children Network website now offers a comprehensive, evidence-based and easy-to-understand resource on parenting gifted and talented children.

The gifted and talented content includes eight in-depth articles and four videos, covering a range of topics from the identification of gifted children to family life behaviour and social development to gifted and talented programs and talking about abilities.

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The Daniel Morcombe Foundation has produced a 'Keeping Kids Safe' resource kit. The kit has resources suitable for students Prep to Year 9 and encourages child safety by promoting the key messages: Recognise, React, Report. The kits were distributed directly to Victorian schools this term.

 

Driveway Safety

On average, every year 7 children aged 0-14 years are killed and 60 are seriously injured due to driveway run over incidents in Australia. Most driveway run overs occur in the driveway of the child’s own home, or in a friend or relative’s driveway. The driver is usually a parent, relative or family friend.

In 85% of cases, the driver does not know that a child is close to the vehicle; they think they are being looked after elsewhere.

Driveways are dangerous places for children – they are designed to allow vehicles access to and from a property and therefore present the same hazards as roads. Children’s unpredictability, their inquisitive nature and the fact that they are surprisingly quick and mobile, places them at increased risk around driveways.

To assist in making your driveway Kidsafe ensure that you SUPERVISE, SEPARATE & SEE. For more information please view Kidsafe’s driveway safety video and fact sheet on their website.

 

Parentline

Parenting is not always easy. From time to time, all families can benefit from extra support.

Parentline is a Department service which began in 1998. It provides information, support, and referral services to parents from 8am to midnight seven days a week.

Whether you’re struggling with everyday tasks, or simply wish to discuss parenting ideas, Parentline is a valuable source of counselling and assistance.

The qualified and experienced social workers and psychologists who staff the service answer approximately 13,000 calls per year from parents from all backgrounds looking for support and advice.

They will work with you to better understand your relationships and personal situations to help you to develop strategies which are tailored to your individual needs.

Parenting is challenging, but Parentline can help you to develop positive coping strategies, allowing you more freedom to enjoy your time with your children.

You can ring Parentline on 13 22 89.

For more information see: Parentline
 

How to help your child successfully face challenges

To coincide with the launch of Building Resilience, its author Associate Professor Helen Cahill from the University of Melbourne shares her take onwhat resilience is and what you can do at home to support your child.

Please open the Resilience Q&A Fact Sheet here.