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The other parent's partner is a health care professional. Will my children be safe with them?


It is natural for parents to be concerned about the safety of their children during coronavirus.  At all times, parents or carers must act in the best interest of children including regarding their safety.  Remember your co-parent is likely doing their best to manage parenting during this time of uncertainty.

The government is committed to ensuring those on the front line such as health care professionals receive the necessary training, advice and protective equipment to minimise their exposure to, and spread of, coronavirus.        

If you have concerns, as a first step, and only if it is safe to do so, you should speak with the other parent to see if you can reach an understanding of the precautions you are both taking to protect the children.  Perhaps a conversation with the other parent will provide reassurance that as parents and carers you take keeping the children safe a priority. 

Latest COVID-19 information and updates from reputable sources such as the Australian Government and the Department of Health can be found here www.australia.gov.au  and www.health.gov.au. The National Coronavirus Hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 020 080.

If you are still concerned or you are finding it difficult to communicate with the other parent, the Family Relationships Advice Line can provide information, advice and telephone-based Family Dispute Resolution services to assist parents and carers to discuss any issues that arise. The Family Relationships Advice Line is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm on 1800 050 321 or visit the website.

If you or your children are feeling unsafe or experiencing domestic or family violence, you can access information, counselling and support through 1800RESPECT website or call 1800 737 732.  1800RESPECT are open 24 hours a day during COVID-19.

If you believe you are in immediate danger, please contact the Police in your State on 000.

Are you in a crisis?

  • If you are in immediate danger 

    call 000

  • 1800RESPECT - 24/7 domestic and family violence service:
    1800 737 732
  • Lifeline - 24/7 crisis support:
    13 11 14
  • MensLine - 24/7 telephone and online counselling for men:
    1300 78 99 78