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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Youth Homelessness Matters Day 2018 takes place tomorrow (18 April) online and in communities around Australia. On census night 2016, 27,680 Australians aged 12 to 24 years old were counted as homeless. In most instances young people do not have a home because they are escaping family conflict and...
Do you know people who are doing inspiring work to build stronger communities, and support children and families? This type of work is important in the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect, and NAPCAN love to hear about it. Past winners of the Play Your Part Awards have included a wide...
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Queensland Youth Housing Coalition forum is holding a forum to open the dialogue about abuse in our society and how to eradicate it. The platform 1225 Forum 2018: Abuse of Power - Confronting Dynamics of Harm will feature keynote speaker Scott Miller, who has worked for the Domestic Abuse...
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Grants are open for Queensland Child Protection Week (2-8 September 2018). Regional grants Regional grants are available up to the value of $5,000, for each of the six regional areas of Queensland to non-Government organisations and not-for-profit organisations. The regions are: Far North...
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Queensland Government media release Almost 500 public housing households in Lockhart River, Cairns and Rockhampton are hooked up to clean energy, and saving money, under a Palaszczuk Government’s solar energy initiative. More than 350 households in Cairns and Rockhampton now have solar systems...
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Neighbour Day is celebrated on 25 March 2018 with the aim of fostering strong personal connections that last the whole year round. The aim of Neighbour Day is to build better relationships with the people who live around us, especially the elderly and vulnerable. Neighbours are important because...
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Dovetail has used the material in it's good practice guide Working with families and significant others to develop an online self-paced training package designed to improve family responsive practice for workers who are engaging with young people. The package includes information on approaches to...
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Queensland Government media release Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander families are set to benefit from the opening of a new round of Queensland Government funding. Child Safety Minister Di Farmer said the second round of the Empowering Families Innovation Grants (EFIG) aimed at achieving better...
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The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) hosts bi-annual Research in the Round forums to showcase the work of key Australian researchers who focus on vulnerable children and families. It has a lead role in translating research to assist policy makers and child protection practitioners. At...
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Family Matters is Australia's national campaign to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture. Family Matters Queensland is inviting submission from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged 18...

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Youth and Family Service (Logan City) Inc – have developed their YFS Service Delivery Handbook , published in 2012, which they would like to share with the Sector. Youth and Family Service (Logan City) Inc. (YFS) is a community based, not-for-profit organisation, providing planned, innovative...
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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