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.

QCOSS has just completed the first of two rounds of workshops in Mitchelton (Brisbane North), South Brisbane (Brisbane South), and Inala (Brisbane South West) engaging with service providers to establish Local Level Alliances in preparation for the roll out of Child and Family Connect funding (...
The Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry final report identified the need for a new child protection practice framework to help divert children and families from the tertiary child protection sector. On 9 March 2015, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services...
Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) has a range of free online eLearning resources. Introductory courses: Support learners to understand the impact of parental mental illness on the entire family unit and to recognise the benefits of a family-sensitive approach to working with parents...
The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in immigration Detention (2014) is a landmark report that provides compelling first-hand evidence of the negative impact that prolonged immigration detention is having on children’s mental and physical health. Read the Forgotten Children report
Teh Medical Journal of Australia examines how the sleep of Australian Indigenous children presents some unique challenges, particularly in terms of community input, study design and in the collection of relevant data. The wellbeing of Australian Indigenous children has long been an issue of concern...
Researchers have traditionally paid little attention to the intersections between men’s mental illness and family life. Recently, however, this has been changing. This paper provides practitioners and policy-makers with a broad overview of some of the key issues identified in the growing literature...
Panelists for the Family Violence episode are: Indigenous sports broadcaster, long-time anti-violence campaigner, Charlie King; the Australian of the Year Rosie Batty; the Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja; families counsellor Simon Santosha; and the Acting Victorian Police...
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...

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