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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Early Childhood Australia has worked with the Queensland Government, Department of Education and Training to develop a suite of free Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) resources to support the critical work of the early childhood sector and their communities in providing the best...
Multicultural hands
QCOSS is pleased to release two new publications regarding the development of multicultural indicators of wellbeing for children, women and families from migrant and refugee backgrounds. The intent of these publications is to reinforce the need to develop program responses based on research and...
Multicultural children
As a migrant parent you may have concerns about bringing up your children in a new culture. You may be wondering how you can reconcile your culture’s parenting values with those commonly practiced by parents born in Australia. Will your children reject or forget their cultural heritage and language...
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More than 100 young people, service providers, partner agencies and representatives from across the child protection sector, came together to celebrate the launch of the new Next Step After Care service at the Beenleigh PCYC on 23 April. Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child...
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On 28 February 2015 the Premier announced the release of the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence’s report ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ – Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland. The release of the report has been timely, with attention on the issue growing daily following...
The Queensland Government has announced $650,000 in funding to find better ways of working with, and meeting the needs of, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children. Find out more about the project on the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services website...
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

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