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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Early Childhood Australia (ECA) shared what they know and understand about the implications of COVID-19 on early childhood education (across Long Day Care, Preschool/Kindergarten, Family Day Care, Outside School Hours Care and rural/remote services) as well as the advocacy that is being done to...
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Queensland Government media release An expanded grants program for young Queenslanders and community organisations designed to stop cyberbullying in its tracks has been launched. Minister for Youth Di Farmer said young Queenslanders can now apply for grants to deliver projects addressing...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government is slashing red tape to allow foster and kinship carers to make more day-to-day decisions about children in their care and simplifying the child-related cost claims process. Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di Farmer said the...
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Queensland Government media release Five organisations will share in $45,000 to raise awareness about the impact of institutional child abuse and promote truth, healing and reconciliation. Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di Farmer congratulated the first recipients of the Truth, Healing...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government has listened to victims and survivors to create Queensland’s first ever Sexual Violence Prevention Framework. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said Prevent. Support. Believe. Queensland’s Framework to...
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Queensland Government media release Queenslanders have more time to comment and inform the future of the state’s child protection legislation with the public consultation period now extended to 27 September 2019. Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di Farmer announced the three-week...
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The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health provides free access to prevention and early intervention courses and resources. If you are a professional in health, social or community service setting who works with children (0-12 years), with adults who are parents or carers, or with...
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Queensland Government media release More North Queensland residents are now able to access financial assistance and support services following the extreme flooding over recent days, with parts of the Burdekin and further areas of Townsville now activated. Acting Communities Minister Shannon...
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The Family Matters report 2018, released last week, states that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are now 10.1 times more likely to be removed from their families than non-Indigenous children. The report says that the rate is projected to triple in the next 20 years if urgent action is...
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Approval for commencement of the third and final stage of the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 has been received, with changes set to come into effect from Monday 29 October 2018. This stage of amendments represents an important shift for the child protection and family support system to...

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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 North Queensland Other organisations Secretariat of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...
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...
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 National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health provides free access to prevention and early intervention workforce development, both online and face-to-face. If you are a professional in health, social or community service setting who works with children (0-12 years), with adults who are...
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 .
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...
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...
Attached is the Central Queensland Family Law Pathway Network's (CQFLPN) Guide to Online Family Law System Resources - June 2012. The CQFLPN is an initiative of the Australian Government Attorney General's Department. Following the excellent response to The CQFLPN Guide to Online Family Law System...
www.communities.qld.gov.au/childsafety/protecting-children/resources-and-publications
This report was developed following consultations with over 750 children and young people and over 100 organisations and subject matter experts, as well as liaison with the Australian Federal Government and the Australian Human Rights Commission.
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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Louise Mullins, QCOSS

Queensland, like the rest of the country and world, has a gender imbalance which impacts the entire community.

Women’s financial disadvantage and economic insecurity have far-reaching effects that can span generations. As women continue to be the primary carers of children, it is...

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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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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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Author: 
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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