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.

This report compiles interviews with decision-makers from across the early childhood development system. The aim of the interviews was to capture different perspectives on how the current system works, what are some of the system drivers, and what can be done differently in the future. Read the...
The Gundoo Day Care Centre in Cherbourg have been working with the Indigenous Professional Support Unit from QCOSS over the last two years. They were recently featured in The First Nations Telegraph for their excellent visioning and planning workshops. Find out more: click here
Young Australians will be better off than their parents in health, technology and incomes but could be worse off in employment, housing, costs of living, the environment and quality of education, according to a report entitled Renewing Australia’s Promise, prepared by the Foundation for Young...
Transitioning to independence can be daunting for any young person, particularly for young people in care who don’t have family support. It can also be a positive and empowering experience if they have access to the right information. An innovative and free mobile phone app called Sortli (a...
Thrive before five and reduce inequality Improving early childhood education could raise overall population levels of academic achievement by as much as five per cent, and reduce socioeconomic inequality in education by 15 per cent, according to international research led by the University of...
The Community page on the Australian Department of Human Services website is now live. You can access it here The Community section focuses on providing the relevant information and resources for community groups, representative bodies, welfare organisations and advocacy groups who support...
Parenting is hard and with life getting busier, the pressure on families is growing. On 2 November, the Queensland Family and Child Commission will be launching a public education campaign “Talking Families” to encourage parents and families to talk about the pressures of parenting and to seek and...
An Oxford University study that followed 3000 children from early childhood to age 16 has found that a child is more likely to have better grades and earn higher wages if they attended preschool. The results of the Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary project found that the effect of a...
The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre has published the results of a study into the effects of parental supply of alcohol to young people aged under 18. Many parents believe that supplying alcohol to their children can assist in developing responsible drinking patterns, however the results...
This study has verified links between higher-quality relationships in formal child care and better regulated emotion and attention in the first years of school. The study shows that high-quality education and care in the very early years also has lasting benefits by ages six–seven. FIND OUT MORE :...

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