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.

Queensland Government media release The Queensland Government has marked major milestones in its 10-year Child Safety reform program. Releasing the Supporting Families, Changing Futures 2018 update at the annual Child Protection Week dinner on Friday (7 September), Minister for Child Safety Di...
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Queensland Government media release Queensland Child Safety staff have shared their personal stories of changing the lives of vulnerable children and families. In a series of videos calling on more Queenslanders to join their life-saving mission, staff who have dedicated their own lives to helping...
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Queensland Child Protection Week, 2 to 9 September 2018, is coordinated by the Child Protection Week Committee under the auspicing body of ACT for Kids. By promoting the value of children and focusing attention on the issues of child abuse and neglect, the objectives of Child Protection Week are to...
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Queensland Government media release A new app that connects Queensland foster and kinship carers with important information about children in their care is being launched as part of Queensland’s Child Protection Week. Carer Connect was developed after feedback from foster carers, who said...
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NAPCAN invites you to the National Child Protection Week 2018 Q&A Forum: Preventing Child Abuse. The forum promises to be a thought-provoking morning exploring ideas and experiences relating to the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect in Queensland. Speakers include: Norman Laing,...
Queensland’s most vulnerable children will have greater protection from this week with important reforms to Queensland’s child protection legislation coming in to effect. Minister for Child Safety Di Farmer said the latest phase of the reforms would make it easier for children on custody orders to...
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Following the successful commencement of several provisions of the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 in January, the next stage is set to commence on 23 July 2018. These important changes will ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people whose families are working with the...
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The Protective Behaviours Australia Conference 2018 is hosted by Act for Kids and Protective Behaviours Australia. The two-day event features keynote speakers from across Australia sharing their research, insights and knowledge of protective behaviours. Combined with informative and interactive...
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The Australian Government is inviting organisations to apply in an open selection process to deliver services under the Families and Communities program - Financial Wellbeing and Capability . This will include activities across Australia from 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2023. The Financial Wellbeing...
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The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak is holding it's inaugural awards night on 6 September 2018. The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Awards night will recognise and acknowledge exemplary leadership,...

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Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
Inclusion Support Agency Far North Qld - 07 4032 1713 Sunshine Coast North West Qld - 07 4743 5888 Central West Fitzroy Mackay South West Qld Darling Downs Brisbane Brisbane South West / Redlands Gold Coast Brisbane North Wide Bay Burnett North Queensland Other organisations Secretariat of...
IWSS works with women and children of non-English speaking background who are or have been in violent domestic situations and/or have experienced rape and/or sexual assault. Website: www.iwss.org.au Sexual Assault Program: 07 3846 5400 Domestic Violence Program: 07 3846 3490
Brisbane Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (BDVAS) is a community based organisation that provides a free and confidential advocacy and support service for women, children, family members and individuals affected by domestic and family violence in the Brisbane Metropolitan area. Phone: 07 3217...
Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) was formed in May 2004 in response to the release of a report by the Crime and Misconduct (CMC) Inquiry. It highlighted that the rights and interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people,...
Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) is the national non government peak body in Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. www.snaicc.org.au
National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) provides information, programs, resources and advocacy to policy makers. www.napcan.org.au
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare collects annual statistics on child protection in Australia from each state and territory department responsible for child protection. www.aihw.gov.au
PeakCare is the peak organisation for Child Protection and Family Support agencies in Queensland. www.peakcare.com.au Peak Care Professional Practise blog
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIFW) published Australia's Welfare in October 2017. The report provides an authoritative overview of the wellbeing of Australians, examining a wide range of relevant topics. Read the report here.
Legal Aid have a series of captioned recordings about Legal Aid Queensland services on their YouTube channel . Videos for community, health and education workers can be found here and include their published community legal education webinars. Upcoming webinars can be found on the Information for...
The Queensland Disaster Management website and the Get Ready website have a range of information and useful resources that can assist you to plan and prepare for an emergency. As part of your preparedness and planning for weather events, access regular weather forecast updates from the Bureau of...
A Blue Card Services online learning portal has been launched. The portal contains 10 videos which provide an overview of the legal requirement for organisations to develop a child and youth risk management strategy. View these resources on the Blue Card Services website .
The Community Resource Handbooks were launched by Volunteering Queensland on 12 May 2015. They consolidate the knowledge gained through Volunteering Queensland's community leadership work with more than 2,000 community groups over the past fifteen years. The handbooks are aimed at small to medium...
This report by the Productivity Commission looks at how we might go about achieving early childhood education in a way that better supports children's learning and development needs and the workforce participation of parents. Read more
Community-based services, known as Family and Child Connect, were rolled out across Queensland, in 2015 as part of the Supporting Families Changing Futures reforms to Queensland’s child protection system. These services support families who are at risk of entering or re-entering the child...
Did you know that there are approximately two young carers in every classroom? Many young carers find that their overwhelming responsibilities at home affect their ability to keep on track at school. Young carers are less likely to complete high school if they do not receive any support, which...
The My Time, Our Place website provides information and documents relating to the Framework for School Age Care . It supports educators working with school age children in outside school hours care, long day care, and family daycare settings. This site is also home to a lively and supportive...
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has produced the Planned Support Guide: an approach to case management for people working in a wide range of community services. If you are a front line worker, supervisor or manager this guide is for you. The guide assists in the development of a...

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Following public consultation on the review of the Child Protection Act 1999 , the Queensland Parliament passed the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 in October 2017, to progress priority changes to the Child Protection Act. These changes will: provide permanency and stability for children...
Children's services need to be aware of a range of legislation that applies to their environment. Depending on the type of service and nature of sponsor body this may include all or some of the following: The Child Care Act & Regulations Services are required to have copies of the Child Care...
An Act to abolish the dependent domicile of married women and otherwise to reform the law relating to domicile
The Status of Children Act 1978 has had a number of revisions over the last three decades, reflecting the changing nature of society. The Act relates to the establishment of a child's parentage, and gives all children equal status.
Power of Attorney A power of attorney is a formal document allowing someone else to make decisions on your behalf; both personl and financial. This person can apply for a Domestic Violence Order on the behalf of someone experiencing domestic and family violence. The Powers of Attorney Act 1998...
Domestic and Family Violence Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 The previous Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012, created additional legal protection for people in relationships experiencing domestic and family violence, as a violation of their human rights. It...
The Family Law Act 1975 (FLA) is Commonwealth legislation that has adapted to the changing nature and role of families since its inception. An overview of the amendments of the legislation can be found here . In 2011, the definition of family violence was expanded in the FLA to include coercion and...
Acts and regulations Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 Child Protection Act 1999 Child Protection Regulation 2011 Child Protection (International Measures) Act 2003 Childrens Court Act 1992 Family Services Act 1987 Child protection legislation: an historical perspective Child safety...
There are a range of legal structures which may be suitable for Queensland not-for-profit community groups. The four main options are: an incorporated association: Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (QLD) and Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999 (QLD) a company limited by guarantee:...
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Natalie Siegel-Brown, Public Guardian

As the Queensland Public Guardian I am pleased to announce the inaugural opening of the Queensland Public Guardian’s Excellence Awards.

As Public Guardian, I want to acknowledge the exemplary work being undertaken by staff in the community services sector across the...

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Emma Garton, Queensland Council of Social Service

Transition to Independence Month (T2I Month), held annually in November, aims to raise awareness about the needs of young people as they transition from out-of-home care to independence. 

This year’s theme Road to Independence… Journey to success aims to promote the idea that a...

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Queensland Child Protection Week

Queenslanders are being called upon to support children everyday this Child Protection Week - Sunday 3 to Saturday 9 September 2017 - as communities across the state are reminded that ‘Protecting Children is Everybody’s Business.’

With more than 22,581 notifications made to...

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Sammy Bruderer, NAPCAN Queensland Manager

As the peak national body for the prevention of child abuse and neglect, promoting Child Safe Organisations is a key part of our work at NAPCAN. 

We are thrilled to be able to run a series of FREE Child Safe Organisation workshops throughout Queensland, thanks to the State Government’s...

The Womens Centre Cairns is a proudly feminist not-for-profit organisation that provides services to women and children at risk of domestic violence and homelessness. Drawing funding from the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and Department of Housing and Public...

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Queensland Council of Social Service

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) recently released a new report revealing the interrelated nature of poverty and disadvantage, highlighting key areas in Queensland which need to be addressed with better targeted programs, policies and investment.

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Michael Greco, Care Opinion Australia

Care Opinion is an independent, not-for-profit new web site which enables people to post their experiences of local social care services online, and in public (eg aged care, youth and disability care). ...

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Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

Do you understand the details of the Supporting Families Changing Futures reforms and the new community-based child protection intake services?

StudioQ is now hosting a...

Embrace training for kindergarten educators
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Cherie Lamb, Queensland Council of Social Service

The EMBRACE Culture in Kindy Program aims to increase kindergarten participation for children from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds in Queensland.

Our ‘Embracing cultural diversity in...

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Lucas Moore, Queensland Coordinator, CREATE Foundation

This month marks Child Protection Week (7-13 September) around Australia with the theme Protecting Children is Everybody’s Business.  For the broader community, the initiative focuses on raising awareness about child protection issues including child abuse prevention...

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