Welcome to Community Door's information portal about young people. In this section you will find current news, resources and other information relating to young people.

While many young people in Queensland are faring well in regard to health, safety and wellbeing, there are areas that cause concern. Obsesity, alcohol consumption, homelessness, mental or behavioural problems and suicide mortality are some of the issues that need to be addressed. You can find more information about mental health for young people on Mindhealthconnect. There is also information around suicide and what it means for young people.

Here you will find valuable information on the state of young Queenslanders, organisations dedicated to improving the lives of our youth, and relevant legislation.

Youth services renewal

In 2014-2015, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services implemented a new results-based investment and service delivery approach that focuses on purchasing and providing three types of services:

  • access services (information, advice and referral)
  • support services (one-on-one specialised support and assistance)
  • integrated response services (intensive, coordinated responses to complex needs).

QCOSS has developed a Youth Services Renewal Toolkit. This toolkit walks you through a series of strategic questions to help you understand what these reforms mean for your organisation, your service delivery models and the young people you work with.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are under-serviced by digital technologies, with indigenous Australians being 69% less likely than non-indigenous people to have any Internet connection and are about half as likely to have broadband access. This 'digital divide' contributes to and...
A reminder for practitioners who work with young people in care that Next Step After Care offers a ‘check-in call’ service as part of its suite of statewide services for young people aged 15 to 21 years who have left care. The service is designed for young people who could benefit from having...
At the inaugural Queensland Family Matters Forum held in Brisbane on 4 and 5 August, Minister for Child Safety, the Honourable Shannon Fentiman, announced a new Empowering Families Innovation Fund (EFIF) would help generate innovative, community-led ideas for keeping Aboriginal and Torres Strait...
The Palaszczuk Government is overturning discriminatory laws to make it legal for same-sex couples to adopt children in Queensland. Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman made the announcement at New Farm park today following a wide-ranging review of the state’s Adoption Act 2009. “I am proud we are...
Young people at risk of becoming homeless will be given a helping hand, thanks to a new project launched today by the Palaszczuk Government during National Homelessness Week. The Sustaining Young People’s Tenancies Project, run in partnership with the Brisbane Youth Service, will help support young...
On 11 July 2016, the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) released When a child is missing: Remembering Tiahleigh – A report into Queensland’s children missing from out-of-home care . The report was released in response to the Premier’s request for a whole-of-government review to ensure...
Adolescence is a key period of growth and development, with the brain also changing enormously during this period. Recent research suggests that these maturational changes make the adolescent brain more vulnerable to the damaging effects of alcohol, with areas associated with memory and learning...
The 2016 Child Aware Approaches Conference was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 23-24 May 2016. Many of the presentations are now available to watch online, and you can also download the presentation slides. Presentations included: The Oration Healing to Thrive: Building the...
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The Australian Institute of Families (AIFS) has published a special facts sheet exploring the different phases of family, from the families we live with as children to the families we form as we grow older. Each of us sees family from a different perspective as we grow and move through life, and...
The 2016-17 Queensland State Budget is a solid budget for vulnerable Queenslanders. It provides funding for crucial areas such as prevention of domestic and family violence, universal access to kindy, investment in employment in regional Queensland and the provision of a range of social...

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