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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Changes to the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act from 30 May will mean greater protection for victims and their children. The changes strengthen police and justice responses, and allow for improved information sharing between government and non-government organisations. The Queensland...
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The Queensland Government yesterday launched Our Way, a new strategy to improve the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, including addressing their over-representation in the child protection system. Minister for Child Safety Shannon Fentiman said the $162.8...
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The Institute of Child Protection Studies at the Australian Catholic University has released an animation presenting the findings of the study Safe and Sound: the Safety of Young People in Residential Care. The study builds on the Children’s Safety Study and explored the experiences of young people...
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Queensland Government media release Domestic violence help will be driving to the doors of Gold Coast women and children with the rollout of the region’s first stand-alone mobile support service. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said $1.1 million would be...
The Family Matters National Week of Action from 14-20 May will highlight the fundamental issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Family Matters is a national campaign to eliminate the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child...
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More Queenslanders are needed to help vulnerable children stay safe so they can reach their full potential, by signing up to become a foster carer. Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman encouraged all Queenslanders to think about opening their hearts and homes to children in need across the state...
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The Institute of Child Protection Studies has recently launched a new national survey, MESSI: Managing Ethical Studies on Sensitive Issues. This survey explores what children, young people and adults think about when deciding to take part in social research, or provide consent for children to take...
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Queenslanders looking to make a difference in people’s lives are being urged to put their hand up for a slice of a $2.5 million fund before the 10 May deadline. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that in the first round of funding, the Palaszczuk Government’s Dignity First...
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Foster and Kinship Carer Week will be held from 24 to 30 April 2017. It will be a celebration of the dedication and commitment of Queensland's foster and kinship carers who provide children and young people with a safe, loving and stable home. There are currently more than 5,300 carer families in...
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Aracy, the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, is holding a Resilence in Children consultation session for professionals who work with children and their families, in Queensland. Building resilience in children helps them cope and even thrive when life presents them with challenges...

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Attached is the Central Queensland Family Law Pathway Network's (CQFLPN) Guide to Online Family Law System Resources - June 2012. The CQFLPN is an initiative of the Australian Government Attorney General's Department. Following the excellent response to The CQFLPN Guide to Online Family Law System...
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...

Happy children lying in a circle
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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Author: 
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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