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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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...
On 21 September 2016, the Premier of Queensland requested the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) undertake a review of the blue card system, the approval and monitoring processes for foster carers (including kinship carers and provisionally approved carers) and pressure points in child...
The Youth Boost payment is available to eligible employers who hire an unemployed young person (aged 15-24) between 1 December 2016 and 28 February 2017 (inclusive). Employers are able to apply for Youth Boost from 29 December 2016 , noting that as part of the eligibility requirements an employee...
ACCAN and Infoxchange have come together to produce a report focusing on the more than 427,000 dwellings (about 5 per cent of housing stock) in Australia which fall into the category of social housing – housing provided by the government and community sectors to accommodate people in the lowest...
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The QFCC have released the Talking Families stakeholder report . It details the results of a survey of professionals in the child and family support sector who were asked about their perceptions of the sector and thoughts about families’ help-seeking behaviour. Respondents said fear of judgement,...
Not-for-profit Law has updated its guide to 'The laws of advertising and your community organisation'. The resource provides practical tips to help organisations comply with the laws of advertising and marketing in Australia. Importantly, these laws apply to many fundraising activities of charities...
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) is thrilled that more than 150,000 Queensland families will receive a rebate on their electricity bills as part of new state government policy. Following recommendations from QCOSS, the existing $330 Electricity Rebate will be extended to include...
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Everyone has a role to play to keep kids safe. Great work is being done across the sector and to highlight this, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is producing a series of short videos on child protection and family support initiatives for you to share on social...
How do we attract, retain and recruit the right people in the child and family support sector? It's a workforce challenge identified by 75 per cent of organisations that responded to the Your Workforce, Your Future survey developed by the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) and the Health...

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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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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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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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