Respectful behaviours in schools

To help make sure that your child feels supported at school, it's important that you work with the school to create a supportive environment. This will also help meet your child's learning and wellbeing needs.

Getting involved gives your child confidence and helps them feel in control of their education.

Advice about how to have a positive relationship with your child's school 

Guidance is available to help maintain positive relationships in school, including:

Extra parenting support services and resources

  • Department of Families, Fairness and Housing  services and support for families, 
  • Family intervention services - advice on how to develop your parenting skills when you’re having difficulties in managing your child’s behaviour.
  • Child, family and relationship services – family support services to help parents raise their children.
  • Raising Children Network - guidance on supporting school age children, including resources, videos, articles and apps.
  • Parentline - a confidential counselling and support services for parents and carers of children from birth to 18 years old.
  • Child behaviour - information about how to manage and build positive behaviour with your child.
  • Parenting Ideas - resources about raising confident, happy and resilient children.
  • MyTime program – support for parents and carers of children with disabilities. Skilled facilitators provide guidance to help access local services and reliable information.
  • Triple P Parenting program - ideas and strategies to help parents and carers including ways to set routines, manage behaviours and how to take care of yourself

Share your story

Victorian schools are safe places for teaching and learning. School communities play an important role in creating a better environment for children to grow.

We are looking for stories to help raise awareness about how partnerships between parents/carers and school staff can benefit children.

The stories could focus on the different ways that you have collaborated with your child's teachers to support your child to reach their goals, which could be:

  • overcoming a fear
  • increasing self-esteem
  • realising their potential with a new interest or skill
  • becoming more engaged in their learning, or
  • any other outcome that positively benefits your child's learning, wellbeing or development.

The stories will be shared with school communities and on Department social media channels to highlight the important role school staff and parents and carers play in supporting students to achieve their goals in social, academic, behavioural and co-curricular areas, through collaboration and the building of strong relationships.

Share your story (about 200 words), and email it to us on

We'll contact the staff member and school before sharing any stories.