Parents and carers have an important role to play in keeping their children safe. The transition from adolescence to adulthood is one of rapid change, of increasing connection with peers, and of emerging independence from the boundaries of home, school and family.

During these times, young people may be confronted with violent or potentially violent situations. Violence can be physical, sexual or emotional and can occur in many different settings including the community, school, workplace and within family relationships. Sometimes violence is directly linked to bullying.

Tips for parents and carers to help keep young people safe

  • Talk to your children regularly and listen to what they are saying.
  • Try to keep up with what is going on in their life.
  • Get to know their friends.
  • Be interested in their life, yet still respect their need for privacy.
  • Find out what communication technology they use and whether they have a page on a website such as Facebook.
  • Cybersafety is a growing concern in our society. As parents we are aware that the internet, if used incorrectly, has its share of dangers and risks. There is a range of information and resources to support you on the department's website. Queensland Police Services also provides you with practical information about internet safety through Who's Chatting to Your Kids?
  • Know what celebrations or gatherings they are attending and discuss with them the possible risks associated with the celebration and how to manage them.
  • Talk to them about alcohol and drugs and the link between alcohol and the possible risk of violence that may result from its use.
  • Discuss with them what things they can do if they are faced with or witness violence.
  • Find out more about your legal responsibilities, particularly in regard to the supply of alcohol to minors (under 18 years of age).
  • View the report on Weapons in schools in Queensland (PDF, 2.2MB). While there are some web links within this document that no longer exist, the document provides Queensland's most recent literature review on weapons in schools.


Parties, other social activities and celebrations such as Schoolies are often very important in a young person's life. They can be seen as events that mark the move from childhood to adulthood. Celebration of these new freedoms, milestones, and achievements is a very important part of the social and emotional development of young people.

The Queensland Government's Schoolies Week website outlines what your child should know about safe celebrations during Schoolies.

The Queensland Police—Party-Safe Program provides ideas to assist in holding successful, enjoyable and safe parties for everyone concerned including parents, hosts and guests. The site includes a Party Safe Checklist for party hosts and Party Safe for Parents, tips to ensure that a young person enjoys a safe party experience.

Supply of alcohol to minors

What the law says about supplying alcohol to a minor (a young person under 18 years of age):

  • It is an offence to supply alcohol to a minor in a public place.
  • It is an offence to sell or supply alcohol to a minor on licensed premises.
  • If you do sell or supply alcohol to a minor in either of these situations you can be fined $600 on the spot.
  • If you are a licensee, nominee or manager of licensed premises, court action can also be taken and you may subsequently receive a fine of up to $18,750 for each offence you commit.

Things to consider when making a decision about supplying alcohol to a minor (a young person under 18 years of age)

  • If you allow your child to consume alcohol at home and they then go out to a party, you should consider how safe he/she is going to be.
  • If you supply alcohol to minors, think through how you will manage the situation if the young person damages property, harasses other members of the community or ends up in a fight.
  • Young bodies are not equipped to deal with alcohol and this may result in long-term damage to a young person's organs and mental health or even overdosing.
Last updated 02 October 2019