It is important to support your child in planning their Leavers to help avoid some of the potential harms that could occur.
If your child is attending Leavers, make sure you have the following key information: 1
Even if your child is 18 years old, a lot of Leavers are under the age of 18 years. Agencies and volunteers work very hard to ensure that Leavers have a fun, safe experience without the need for alcohol, and as such all official Leavers activities are alcohol-free 3.
Under the Liquor Control Act 1988, it is an offence for juveniles (those under the age of 18) to possess alcohol in a public place. Opened or unopened alcohol will be confiscated by WA Police and juveniles can be fined $200. Adults who purchase alcohol for juveniles may also be breaking the law and can be fined a maximum of $2000 4. For more information on alcohol and the law click here.
Talking to your child about alcohol does not mean you are condoning drinking alcohol. Explain that you want them to have fun and enjoy themselves, but you would like to make sure that they are going to be safe.
By discussing the potential risks your child may face during Leavers through consuming alcohol, you can help them prepare strategies to stay safe. Some ideas for discussion with your child include the following:
1 Leavers WA: Official Website [Webpage]. Online. Available from: https://www.leaverswa.com.au/Parents/Before-They-Go--Information-for-Parents .
2 National Drug Research Institute. School leavers' celebration: Parents can make a difference. National Drug Research Institute Factsheet - Information for Parents [Internet]. 2013 02/09/2013 [cited 2013 02/09/2013]. Available from: http://ndri.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/pdf/leavers/parentsfactsheet.pdf .
3 Leavers WA: Offical Website [Webpage]. Online. Available from https://www.leaverswa.com.au/Parents/Before-They-Go--Information-for-Parents.
4 Leavers WA: Official Website [Webpage]. Online. Available from https://www.leaverswa.com.au/Leavers/Tips-for-Leavers .
5 Leavers WA: Official Website [Webpage]. Online. Available from: http://leaverswa.com.au/parents/
Call the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on (08) 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 toll free for country callers.
For emergencies call the 000 emergency line.