Raising Children Network

Raising Children Network is a trusted website with tips and tools for everyday parenting from pregnancy to teens. 

Through its mobile-friendly website and award-winning apps, Raising Children Network offers more than 2200 scientifically reviewed articles on everything to do with parenting, covering:

  • health
  • development
  • behaviour
  • wellbeing.

This evidence-based website is visited by 30,000 parents, carers and parenting professionals every day.

The Parenting Research Centre, together with our partners, adopts a rigorous knowledge translation and exchange approach to develop content for Raising Children Network and maintain its currency. This approach involves:

  • identifying parents’ needs for new or updated information on a particular topic or challenge
  • partnering with leading researchers and organisations to co-develop evidence-based content
  • applying a quality assurance process to ensure proposed content is reviewed by independent experts and advisors
  • optimising content to deliver a seamless user experience on desktop, tablet and mobile.

In 2011 we applied this process to develop the award-winning Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder content:

  • Identified a need for more accurate information on autism spectrum disorder.
  • Secured funding from the Australian Government Helping Children with Autism package.
  • Co-developed content with leading experts in autism intervention, including content partners at the Olga Tennison Research Centre and other significant institutions.
  • Worked closely with practitioners to gauge real-world responses and learned from their responses.

The resulting content includes:

  • evidence-based articles and videos for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder
  • practitioner guides to therapies and interventions
  • an interactive services pathfinder tool
  • an online peer-support parent forum
  • the Autism and Disability App, providing on-the-go access and support.

Visit Raising Children Network website.

Member organisations: Parenting Research Centre and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute with The Royal Children’s Hospital Centre for Community Child Health.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.