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.

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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Family Matters has released its report into the state of child protection in Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The report highlights that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are almost 10 times more likely to be removed from their families than non-Indigenous...
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in South Burnett, Moreton Bay, Mackay and Roma will be the first to benefit from the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing services, with successful providers announced this month. The new integrated service will provide culturally...
‘Building Belonging’ is a comprehensive toolkit of early education resources which includes an ebook, song with actions, educator guide, posters and lesson plans. It is focussed on encouraging respect for cultural diversity and tackling racial prejudice in early childhood settings. The resources...
From October 2016 responsibility for the administration of the blue card system transferred from the Public Safety Business Agency to the Department of Justice and Attorney-General. Changes have been made to the system and new services are now available. New application forms There are new forms...
The 2016 Boyer Lecture Series titled Fair Australia: Social Justice and the Health Gap, were delivered by Professor Sir Michael Marmot , President of the World Medical Association, Director of the Institute of Health Equity and a leading researcher on health inequality issues for more than three...
Intensive Family Support (IFS) services help vulnerable families who have multiple or complex needs. The services work with families to build their capacity to safely care for and protect their children. The Queensland Government funds a number of organisations to provide IFS in locations across...
The Palaszczuk Government yesterday made same-sex adoption legal in Queensland. Minister for Communities Shannon Fentiman said the Adoption and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 passed in the Queensland Parliament on 2 November 2016. “Discriminatory barriers that prevent LGBTI Queenslanders...

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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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