Welcome to the Community Door information portal on children and families.

Prevention and early intervention programs are critical in reducing the costs of crisis services, such as those associated with the child protection system.

Prevention and early intervention services provide many things - support linking people to training and work, help securing a home, practical parenting support, and help navigating the school system. Children can also experience specific mental health issues.

The Commission of Inquiry into the Queensland Child Protection System has led to a number of reforms, particularly to the child protection system. You can find more information on the child and family reform page of Community Door.

In this section you will find current news, resources and other information relevant to those working with children and families.

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Queensland Government media release An innovative new trial supporting vulnerable Ipswich families is proving a success, just seven months after starting. Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman said the trial, which embeds a dedicated domestic violence worker in the local Child Safety Service...
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From 1 July 2017, early childhood education and care (ECEC) professionals will be mandated by law to report child safety concerns to the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS). ECEC professionals will need to report when they have a reasonable suspicion that a...
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The Queensland Government have announced new measures aimed at ensuring children in care have the same educational opportunities as their peers. Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman said $3 million would be invested to ensure children in care were supported in early education. “These reforms will...
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A new resource has been developed to improve the financial knowledge and resilience of all Queenslanders in times of natural disaster. The Money Ready Toolkit has been produced by Good Shepherd Microfinance, in partnership with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services...
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A website for Aboriginal dads has been launched providing online resources to support them through fatherhood. The Stayin on Track site has been developed by Aboriginal men for Aboriginal dads to give them useful information and tips as a parent. Stayin on Track is a joint project with the...
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Applications for Get Started vouchers are opening on 25 January - to support young people to participate in sport and recreation. Get Started Vouchers is one of the funding programs that comprise the Queensland Government’s Get in the Game initiative to support sport and recreation at the...
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The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) have extended the closing date for submissions for the review of the blue card and foster care systems, until Friday 20 January 2016. Queensland's Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk requested the QFCC undertake a review of the blue card system, the...
Christmas and the holiday season can be a challenging time of year for many people. A number of services are available to help those in need during this time. 13Family (13 32 64) hotline Mums and Dads across Queensland are urged to call 13Family (13 32 64) for extra support if times are tough this...
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What is the impact of BYOD (bring your own device) programs in schools? ABC's Kathy Mcleish talks to Mark Henley, QCOSS CEO and others about the implications. Queensland schools' BYOD program risks leaving poorer students behind, QTU says Queensland's education authorities are being warned that...
A new early childhood education website will help parents give their children a confident start to life and support parents as they make important decisions about their child’s education. The website provides tips for families to help their children get ready for Kindy which in turn will help them...

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The Domestic & Family Violence Clearing House collates a range of current research and best practice related to domestic and family violence.
www.communities.qld.gov.au/childsafety/protecting-children/resources-and-publications
This report was developed following consultations with over 750 children and young people and over 100 organisations and subject matter experts, as well as liaison with the Australian Federal Government and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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Embrace training for kindergarten educators
Author: 
Cherie Lamb, Queensland Council of Social Service

The EMBRACE Culture in Kindy Program aims to increase kindergarten participation for children from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds in Queensland.

Our ‘Embracing cultural diversity in...

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Author: 
Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Care (SNAICC) has developed a detailed and easy to use resource to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations in applying for endorsement as a...

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Author: 
Lucas Moore, Queensland Coordinator, CREATE Foundation

This month marks Child Protection Week (7-13 September) around Australia with the theme Protecting Children is Everybody’s Business.  For the broader community, the initiative focuses on raising awareness about child protection issues including child abuse prevention...

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May Kabay, Indigenous Professional Support Unit, QCOSS

First and foremost I would like to acknowledge the First Nations People of Australia.  I acknowledge and pay respect to those past, and those who still walk our beautiful mother earth whose connections give spiritual, united and cultural significance to all Indigenous Peoples of Australia...

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