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When communities support families raising children, both families and communities benefit.

Whole of community parenting

Communities are made up of families – all kinds of families. A community that supports parents and cares for children – that looks after families – is a stronger and better functioning community. It benefits both families and society when raising children is supported at a community level.

There are some great examples of communities thinking differently to help support parents and children. These examples include new ways of sharing information, as well as partnerships that make children’s services widely available.

Child-friendly communities

A child-friendly community is a community that takes responsibility for family and child wellbeing. It’s a community where children are:

  • valued as members of society who need care and support
  • allowed to play a part and included in community decisions that affect them
  • encouraged to participate in community activities and to express themselves
  • protected as much as possible from all forms of harm, abuse and neglect
  • helped to reach their potential.

Examples of community parenting at work

Community Builders NSW
This is an electronic clearinghouse for everyone involved in community-level social, economic and environmental renewal, including community leaders, community and government workers, volunteers, program managers, academics, policy makers, young people and seniors.

Community Early Learning Australia (CELA) 
This is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1978 to promote, support and advocate for quality children’s services that meet the needs of children, their families and the community.

Child Family Community Australia
This website provides quality, evidence-based publications and resources for professionals in the areas of protecting children, supporting families and strengthening communities.

See also the Australian Government Department of Social Services’ programs and services for families and children.
  • Last updated or reviewed 20-06-2017