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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Michael Hogan, Director-General of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, has issued a letter which highlights the funding contained in the 2017-18 Budget for Ministers' portfolios within the department. Read the attached letter in full.
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government’s 2017-18 Budget will invest $1.37 billion to keep children safe and support vulnerable Queenslanders. Minister Shannon Fentiman said the Palaszczuk Government had restored services for families after the LNP cut more than $259 million...
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Changes to the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act from 30 May will mean greater protection for victims and their children. The changes strengthen police and justice responses, and allow for improved information sharing between government and non-government organisations. The Queensland...
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The Queensland Government yesterday launched Our Way, a new strategy to improve the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, including addressing their over-representation in the child protection system. Minister for Child Safety Shannon Fentiman said the $162.8...
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The Institute of Child Protection Studies at the Australian Catholic University has released an animation presenting the findings of the study Safe and Sound: the Safety of Young People in Residential Care. The study builds on the Children’s Safety Study and explored the experiences of young people...
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Queensland Government media release Domestic violence help will be driving to the doors of Gold Coast women and children with the rollout of the region’s first stand-alone mobile support service. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said $1.1 million would be...
The Family Matters National Week of Action from 14-20 May will highlight the fundamental issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Family Matters is a national campaign to eliminate the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child...
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More Queenslanders are needed to help vulnerable children stay safe so they can reach their full potential, by signing up to become a foster carer. Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman encouraged all Queenslanders to think about opening their hearts and homes to children in need across the state...
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The Institute of Child Protection Studies has recently launched a new national survey, MESSI: Managing Ethical Studies on Sensitive Issues. This survey explores what children, young people and adults think about when deciding to take part in social research, or provide consent for children to take...
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Queenslanders looking to make a difference in people’s lives are being urged to put their hand up for a slice of a $2.5 million fund before the 10 May deadline. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that in the first round of funding, the Palaszczuk Government’s Dignity First...

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