Support resource to the document Responding to Problem Sexual Behaviours in
Children and Young People.
Sample Written Parent Communication
The guidelines recommend direct personal communication with parents whose
children may have been affected by an incident of this kind. (See pages 25 and
26 of the guidelines and the support resource ‘parent meeting discussion
guide’ on the website.)
This sample letter is provided only for consideration when the site or service is
aware that information about a serious incident is, or is highly likely to be
circulating amongst the general parent and student community and risks
associated with this need to be managed. (A forward slash / indicates optional
It is advisable to consult with your sector / regional office and any involved
agencies before finalising written parent communication.
I am writing to all parents in Ms Smith’s class / year 3 / the centre/ the junior primary
school regarding an incident of inappropriate behaviour involving 2 / 3 / a small group
of children/young people. While we have no information to suggest that other
children, including your son/daughter, have been impacted by this incident I want to
alert you to the possibility that your son/daughter may have heard about the reported
behaviour and therefore may comment on it at home.
Please make contact with __________on ph: ________if your son/daughter
expresses concern or talks about inappropriate behaviour so together we can provide
the most appropriate response for them and for others.
The parents of the children directly involved in the incident have been informed and
the site/ service is maintaining its normal monitoring and support of all children’s /
students’ wellbeing. The incident is also being responded to by another agency with
which the site/ service will closely liaise / the site is also responding to this incident in
consultation with other professionals.
Please respect the difficulties this incident poses for the particular families involved
by directing any questions or comments about this letter to me/ to the above contact.
It is not anticipated that further communication with you will need to occur, however,
any relevant information that does arise will be provided to you promptly.
Thank you for your support.