Supporting children’s emotional and social development through behaviour management; a short guide


Parents and carers can help children manage their behaviour by providing boundaries, as it helps children feel secure and self-confident knowing that they are being looked after in a stable environment. Promoting positive behaviour involves a positive and supportive learning environment, strategies for children to build their skills and strengthen their positive behaviour, and strategies for decreasing negative behaviours.

To create a positive and supportive learning environment, ensure that the parent/child relationship is a strong one. Children need to feel loved, cared for, and to know that their needs will be met. Give children boundaries, ensuring that discipline has its place. Ensure that there is time in each day to spend with children to build and maintain positive relationships. This encourages caring and cooperation, as well as works to increase their self-esteem, particularly through positive attention.

There are many strategies for building and strengthening positive behaviours in children, including through; praise, rewards, routines, setting expectations and limits, and giving choices.

Strategies to decrease negative behaviours include helping children learn an appropriate behaviour to replace the undesired behaviour with. Avoid giving attention to undesired behaviours and instead focus on the positive, giving praise and rewards when they behave positively.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters


The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.


We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or


Learn more about our services at


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