Barwon Safe Parties - Young People and Parties

Parties are a great way of catching up with friends, meeting new people and having fun.

What's the big deal?

Unfortunately 'teen’ parties are often seen in a negative light, partially thanks to media focus and coverage of out of control parties. Remember, if you are the host you are the one responsible to ensure you provide a safe environment for your guests.

The best party is a safe one and the key is all in the planning. If you're under 18 it's a good idea to plan your party with a responsible adult and to work through all of the questions below.

Things to consider when hosting a party:

  • Consider registering your party with Victoria Police’s Party Safe program?
  • Guest numbers? you should always have a limit on how many people you are inviting.
  • What food will be available?
  • How will you avoid gatecrashers or handle them if they turn up?
  • Should you hire professional security?
  • What will you do in an emergency?
  • How will guests get home?
  • What will be the start and the finish time?
  • Invitation type and RSVP timeline?
  • Alcohol - yes or no? If yes, how will it be controlled? and be aware of the new Secondary Supply Law.
  • How will you notify neighbours?

Things to plan when attending a party/night out:

  • Transport - there and back – who, how, where? One option could be the Geelong NightBus
  • Food – remember to always eat a meal before drinking
  • Emergencies:
    • What’s your plan if something goes wrong?
    • Who will you call?
  • Always look after your mates and stay with them; never let your friends go off alone with someone they don’t know
  • Don’t forget – not drinking alcohol is a safe and respectable option
  • Stand up for yourself; don't be pressured into drinking more than you want or intend to

Social networking sites and parties

Party invitations and or party details posted on websites such as MySpace, or sent by email or SMS text messaging, can be accessed instantly by a huge number of people.

Sending large amounts of invitations by email and SMS text messaging greatly increases the chances of gatecrashers and uninvited and unwelcome guests, which increases the likelihood of violence at a party.

Information about how to use social networking sites safely can be found at:

More Information about Parties

  • Youth Website - Youth Central
    Youth Central offers a range of information and advice on issues like jobs, study, travel, money and health including how to stay safe at events such as schoolies and parties in general.

  • Victoria Police – Party Safe Program
    Provides information about the Victorian Polices Party Safe Program. Enter this site to download the registration form and also find other tip sheets on how to plan a safe party. Please also see the Party Safe section of this web site for more information.

  • Australian Drug Foundation DrugInfo Clearinghouse is a program of the Australian Drug Foundation. They provide easy access to information about alcohol and other drugs, and drug prevention. A number of the fact sheets relate specifically to alcohol and parties. This site is highly recommended for both parents and young people.

  • Red Cross SAVE A MATE
    Visit club SAM to find out about alcohol and other drugs, positive mental health, how to have a better night out and the Red Cross save a mate program.

  • Reachout
    Reachout provides a wide range of information about mental health and wellbeing for young people.
    Reachout also has information on how you can get the best help from services, as well as opportunities for you to connect with other young people.

  • Barwon Youth
    Barwon Youth provides a wide range of services and programs for young people in the region. The site provides you with an overview of all services provided and how to contact them.

  • Headspace
    Headspace has been set up to assist young people aged 12-25 and their families access help with experts in a range of areas. The web site has a great knowledge centre which provides quality information to young people and their families.

  • BATForce
    The Barwon Adolescent Taskforce (BATForce) is an alliance of organisations in the G21 region with a stake in the provision of services with and for young people. Visit this site to find out what groups are meeting when and what activities are happening for young people, parents or organisations in the region.

  • Kids Helpline
    Kids Helpline is Australia's only free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25. Visit this site to access contact details, free information and to participate in online forums.

  • Schoolies Down South
    The official site for Schoolies in Lorne and Torquay. Visit this site for information about what’s happening, services involved accommodation providers and to register.

  • Law Stuff
    This site allows you to click on the state you are in to access vital information on Law that affects you.
  • Teen Drinking LawThis site will give you information about the new secondary supply law in Victoria.

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