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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Foster carers come from all walks of life. But no matter who they are, foster carers all have one thing in common — they have a place in their hearts for a child who needs love and understanding. One couple who have opened their hearts and their home to some of Queensland’s most vulnerable children...
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This week is Anti-Poverty Week (15-21 October) where all Australians are encouraged to organised or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship here and overseas. The main aims of the week are to: Strengthen public understanding of the causes and...
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The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability has released the Supporting Families Changing Futures report to provide an overview of progress during 2016-17. The Queensland Government is committed to restoring child safety services and has backed the reform program with an investment...
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Queensland Government media release Queenslanders Dylan Nelson and Natalie Scotcher have been fostering vulnerable children since they were just 18 years old, and since the first child walked through their doors they haven’t looked back. Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman said she hoped Dylan’s...
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Queensland Government media release Queenslanders are being urged to show their support for victims of sexual assault and stand together to say no to violence in the community. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said Sexual Violence Awareness Month provided...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government’s investments in frontline Child Safety staff and community services have made a game-changing difference for vulnerable Queenslanders. Acting Minister for Child Safety and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Kate Jones said...
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Queensland Government media release Vulnerable families in Toowoomba will now have access to new intensive and specialist support services to help keep their children safely at home and out of the child protection system. Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman today visited Uniting Care Community,...
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The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) has released the More than safe statement - a shared lens through which we can all focus on keeping Queensland's children more than safe. In a short video , Principal Commissioner Cheryl Vardon and Queensland Council of Social Service CEO Mark...
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NAPCAN will be holding a series of child safety workshops throughout Queensland for anyone who works either directly or indirectly with children. Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention / Mandatory Reporting Workshop - for all employees/volunteers who work with children to ensure that they understand...
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Queensland Government media release Queensland families seeking emergency shelter will receive a warm welcome thanks to funding from the Palaszczuk Government’s Dignity First Fund. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said UnitingCare Community (UCC) had been awarded $229,000 in...

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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 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. The resources, in conjunction with the Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy...
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...
'The cost of unresolved childhood trauma and abuse in adults in Australia' provides an overview of the impacts of childhood trauma, including impairments in education, work, relationships as well as mental health impacts and criminal justice impacts. The report also looks at the impacts of...
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
From January 2015, new community-based services, known as Family and Child Connect, were rolled out across Queensland, as part of the Supporting Families Changing Futures reforms to Queensland’s child protection system. These services will support families who are at risk of entering or re-entering...
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...
Youth and Family Service (Logan City) Inc – have developed their YFS Service Delivery Handbook , published in 2012, which they would like to share with the Sector. Youth and Family Service (Logan City) Inc. (YFS) is a community based, not-for-profit organisation, providing planned, innovative...

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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 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 legislation reform
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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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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Tiffany Tento, QCOSS

Queensland communities are being encouraged to be part of the solution and help put an end to family violence, as part of this year’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman has called on all...

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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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Stacey Ross, Manager of Logan Women’s Health & Wellbeing Centre Inc.

The Queensland State Budget was released last week and has met with a generally positive response from the community service sector.

Stacey Ross from the Logan Women's Health & Wellbeing Centre gives her perspective on how the budget measures will affect their clients.

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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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Toni Day, Playgroup Queensland

Every child needs effective early childhood development experiences to be successful, but disadvantaged children can be least likely to get them.

Nobel Memorial Prize Laureate Professor James Heckman has proven that investing in the early childhood development of disadvantaged children...

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Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has just released a new cost of living report examining the cost of living pressures across six Queensland regional centres – Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Mount Isa, Rockhampton and Kingaroy.

The report uses the existing Cost of Living...

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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...

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