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.

If you've recently moved to Australia as a refugee or someone seeking protection, then the new Life in Australia podcast from Red Cross is just for you. In each episode of Connect, Learn, Share: Life In Australia , you'll hear the stories from young people who've been in the same situation as you...
On National Close the Gap Day 2016, sector leaders are calling for a new Council of Australian Governments (COAG) target to urgently address the rising rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander over-representation in out-of-home care. Members of Family Matters: kids safe in culture not in care...
One in 10 Australian children miss school at least once a week, almost one in six have been bullied, and one in 30 – a child in almost every classroom – goes to bed or school hungry nearly every day, according to the final report of the Australian Child Wellbeing Project (ACWP) . The study was...
Platform 18 is a free primary health care service for young people aged 15 -18 years who are on child protection orders, run by the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. The service provides health assessments and support services relating to all aspects of a young person’s health and wellbeing...
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has worked with some of Australia’s leading early childhood intervention practitioners and researchers to design a best-practice Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach that is family-centred and supports children to achieve good outcomes...
Poverty, domestic violence, marginalisation, drug and alcohol dependence are just some of the issues faced by many Australian families. Now in its second edition, Working with Vulnerable Families provides a comprehensive and evidence-based introduction to family-centred practice in Australia. It...
The report " Review of the Child Mandatory Reporting Laws for the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector " was tabled in the Queensland Parliament by the Queensland Law Reform Commission on 25 February 2016. The main recommmendation of the Commission was that the mandatory reporting...
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is encouraging innovative quotes from prospective social service providers to deliver youth support services in the Burdekin area of North Queensland, that will: Deliver youth support services aligned to the Young People Investment...
This paper presents the current state of knowledge on parenting in the context of DFV by examining the following four research questions: What is the prevalence of DFV among parents? How does DFV impact on parenting capacity? What are the methods and behaviours that perpetrators use to disrupt the...
Over one-third of adults and children seeking help from specialist homelessness services in Australia did so for domestic and family violence reasons, according to a new report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, Domestic and family violence and...

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