Keeping kids safe in cars; a short guide
Children in Australia must be properly restrained in a car, and this means travelling in a child restraint until they are seven years old and at least 145cm tall. In Australia, it’s illegal to drive without a seatbelt; the driver and all passengers must be wearing one, and children must be properly restrained to ensure safety. Young children learn by watching their elders so you can set a good example by ensuring you always wear your seatbelt.
Children under the age of four must not travel in the front seat if a car has two or more rows of seats. Though, if all other seats are being used by children under seven years old, children aged between four years and up to seven years may travel in the front seat using an approved forward-facing booster seat and a properly fastened and adjusted seatbelt. The back seat is always the safest option for children.
For some extra tips on safety in the car, ensure children keep their arms, legs and head inside the car at all times, even when parked. Activate the childproof locks on the doors so that children can’t accidentally open the car doors when it’s moving or parked. When exiting or entering the car, for added security, get your child in and out of the car from the kerbside, away from traffic.
The Wishing Well foundation
The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.
The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.
The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.
The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.
Support the Wishing Well
The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW. Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis. The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:
- Funding availability
- The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
- The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
- Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person
The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information: