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 the healthdirect website. 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.

ParentWorks is a free online program for Australian parents and caregivers of children 2 to 16. It provides evidence-based parenting strategies to improve parenting skills, confidence and child behaviour. This means that the strategies in the program have been tested and found to work. Parents and...
The Department of Justice and Attorney-General is commissioning new services to address the complex issues experienced by young offenders and their families. New services will have a robust evidence base, successfully address the needs of young people, be culturally responsive and complement the...
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Every day counts is a state wide initiative to assist in improving student attendance at school through a shared commitment by students, parents, caregivers and the school community. To do this, Every day counts promotes four key messages: all children should be enrolled at school and attend on...
One in ten Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young men rate their happiness as zero, compared to just one per cent of non-Indigenous young people. In their annual youth survey, Mission Australia found that one-quarter of Indigenous young people also reported high levels of concern about...
In 2016, The Smith Family received important funding from the Queensland Government which has enabled it to expand its existing Learning for Life Tertiary Scholarship Scheme and create the Care2Achieve Scholarship for Young Women Leaving Care . The Care2Achieve Scholarship is for young women moving...
In 2014, 151 young people in Australia aged between 5 and 19 years died by suicide. Many organisations and individuals are working hard to develop strategies that will make a difference, but the voices of young people are often missing from the conversation. yourtown/Kids Helpline have published a...
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...

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