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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DV Work Aware is a new pilot program funded by Queensland Government Department of Communities and operated by Queensland Working Women's Service. The objective of the program is to raise awareness of the proactive and responsive role that workplaces can play in the community and for employees in...
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Thanks to Queensland Government funding, NAPCAN is offering a statewide program of educational workshops on: Child Safe Organisations Workshop (for all employees/volunteers to learn about their part in creating safe organisations for children, and preventing abuse before it occurs) Child Abuse and...
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The Queensland Government has committed $150 million over five years to establish new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing services to better support vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families across the state. From January 2017, the second stage of Aboriginal and...
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Queensland Government media release The future is looking bright for 50 young Queensland women who are receiving scholarships funded by the Palaszczuk Government. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Care2Achieve scholarships, delivered in partnership with The Smith Family, would provide young...
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The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services has contracted PeakCare to help residential care services prepare for implementing the new Hope and Healing Framework. The new framework will improve the quality of residential care provided to children and young people by ensuring...
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All children deserve to be safe, valued and to live at home with a caring family. However, sometimes, parents need help with the challenges of raising a family. Family and Child Connect works with vulnerable families by connecting them to the right support services in their local community...
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The Domestic Violence Action Centre will be hosting a forum titled 'improving responses to domestic and family violence' on Tuesday 14 March. The purpose of the event, to be held at Springfield Lakes Community Centre between 9am and 1pm, is to develop relationships between staff in organisations...
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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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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...

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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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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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