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On the Raising Children website, professionals will find reliable, scientifically validated information and tools they can use to support parents. The website’s topics span both parent and child wellbeing. The ‘Working with Parents’ section of the site offers specialised materials designed for professionals who work with families or who plan, manage and provide service delivery.

Key offerings for professionals on the Raising Children website include:

Reliable, scientific content

All content on the website has passed through a rigorous quality assessment process developed by the Raising Children Network (RCN) team and the RCN Scientific Advisory Board. The Board is made up of some of Australia's pre-eminent experts in child health and development, and oversees the website’s content development.

The website’s quality assessment process ensures that each piece of content is approved by at least two independent experts for accuracy and validity. A professional web editing team also assesses the accessibility and communication value of each piece to ensure that information is easy to understand, remember and act on.

Professionals are invited to engage in the development of the website by suggesting additional content or offering their feedback or expertise.

Opportunities to connect

Through the many links, content partners and services listed on the Raising Children website, professionals and organisations can learn about and connect with each other.

RCN works with peak organisations and incorporates the advice and input of more than 180 experts. It researches and commissions original content, forms partnerships to incorporate quality content produced elsewhere and draws on existing parenting information from many sources.

This approach not only helps professionals connect; it also avoids ‘reinventing the wheel’ when it comes to providing reliable information across Australia.

Use the website to:

Innovative features

The Raising Children website offers a wide range of interactive tools and accessible downloads, such as:

  • the unique Make a Book tool, which allows users to quickly compile, save and print a book of material drawn from the site as an attractive and ready-to-use PDF
  • a comprehensive A-Z Health Reference, offering health information in a searchable and easy-to-read format
  • the A-Z Disability Reference, which offers clear explanations of disability-related terms
  • online videos to support parents and professionals.
Use the website to show parents video demonstrations of parenting techniques or listen to parenting podcasts.

Parenting information

The Raising Children website offers up-to-date, research-based material on more than 800 topics spanning child development, behaviour, health, nutrition and fitness, play and learning, connecting and communicating, sleep and safety.

This material has been developed to be engaging and relevant to both parents and professionals, with a focus on accessibility and reliability. 

Use the website to:

Research resources

The Raising Children website is useful for professionals seeking published research or further information on a given topic. Articles published on the website list academic references and primary sources such as systematic reviews and seminal papers. The site also provides direct links to relevant regulatory references and legislation.

Professionals wishing to conduct new research can use the RCN forums to promote survey work. Researchers are also invited to collaborate with the RCN research and content team to conduct research polls and surveys using the forum as a point of contact with participants.

Use the website to get the latest from the Raising Children Network by subscribing to one or more of our email newsletters.
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  • Last Updated 13-05-2008
  • Last Reviewed 27-03-2007