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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The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) have extended the closing date for submissions for the review of the blue card and foster care systems, until Friday 20 January 2016. Queensland's Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk requested the QFCC undertake a review of the blue card system, the...
Christmas and the holiday season can be a challenging time of year for many people. A number of services are available to help those in need during this time. 13Family (13 32 64) hotline Mums and Dads across Queensland are urged to call 13Family (13 32 64) for extra support if times are tough this...
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What is the impact of BYOD (bring your own device) programs in schools? ABC's Kathy Mcleish talks to Mark Henley, QCOSS CEO and others about the implications. Queensland schools' BYOD program risks leaving poorer students behind, QTU says Queensland's education authorities are being warned that...
A new early childhood education website will help parents give their children a confident start to life and support parents as they make important decisions about their child’s education. The website provides tips for families to help their children get ready for Kindy which in turn will help them...
On 21 September 2016, the Premier of Queensland requested the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) undertake a review of the blue card system, the approval and monitoring processes for foster carers (including kinship carers and provisionally approved carers) and pressure points in child...
ACCAN and Infoxchange have come together to produce a report focusing on the more than 427,000 dwellings (about 5 per cent of housing stock) in Australia which fall into the category of social housing – housing provided by the government and community sectors to accommodate people in the lowest...
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The QFCC have released the Talking Families stakeholder report . It details the results of a survey of professionals in the child and family support sector who were asked about their perceptions of the sector and thoughts about families’ help-seeking behaviour. Respondents said fear of judgement,...
Not-for-profit Law has updated its guide to 'The laws of advertising and your community organisation'. The resource provides practical tips to help organisations comply with the laws of advertising and marketing in Australia. Importantly, these laws apply to many fundraising activities of charities...
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...

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