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.

A new Child Safety Practice Framework was launched on 26 August. The Queensland Government’s response to the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry (Carmody) Final Report continues to bring changes to the child welfare system in Queensland. The Director General stated that the new system will...
Health Start is conducting a study to document the family, social and cultural circumstances of parents with intellectual disabilities. Researchers are undertaking analysis of survey data sources from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Western Australia Data Linkage System (via the Telethon...
University of Melbourne researchers have found that Indigenous school attendance improved when there was a threat that the Federal Government would cut welfare payments if children didn’t go to school. However, when it became apparent that ceasing welfare payments would not occur, school attendance...
Dovetail's Schools and Drugs webinar happened a few weeks back and for those who couldn't make it along a recording of the presentation has been posted to their video library. The presentation provides an overview of the research in best practice school drug education and prevention, as well as an...
On 4th August 2014 PeakCare hosted a lecture by Professor Cathy Humphreys from the University of Melbourne on the nexus between child protection and domestic and family violence. It was titled: Women and their children living with domestic and family violence: principles, problems and possibilities...
COPMI has developed new information for parents, teenagers and professionals (including schools) regarding how to enhance help-seeking skills in youth. Input regarding this information was provided by young people with parents who experience mental illness, professional organisations and those who...
The 2012-13 edition of Child Protection Australia report was released on 25 July 2014. The report describes child protection order, out-of-home care, intensive family support and carer data. Previously unreported analyses were possible, such as the number of substantiations per child, co-occurring...
During 2014, the Department of Education, Training and Employment will continue to offer Supporting Diversity in Kindergarten Grants to approved kindergarten program providers to: Develop educators who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or are from another culturally and...
Foodbank’s Social Return on Investment Report highlights the impact of their School Breakfast Program. According to early findings, for every kilogram of food provided to a child via a school breakfast program in Australia, there is the equivalent of $110 of social value in terms of improved...

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