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Play your part

Children are our most valuable and vulnerable Queenslanders.
We all have a part to play in keeping them safe.

Here's how you can play your part

  1. Start a conversation.

    When you see someone you know struggling with parenting, it’s normal to be a little worried about starting a conversation.

    Simple things like organising a playdate or chatting to your friend or colleague might be the start to getting them the help they need. Suggesting other people they can talk to, like a family member, GP or other professional support, can be valuable for someone doing it tough.

    The Talking Families website and Facebook page offer a range of handy tips and information for both families and friends wanting to help.

  2. Offer a family practical support.

    Find help in your local community – face-to-face, over the phone or via text or email. Local services in your community, such as playgroups, community centres, health clinics and support groups, offer services and support. oneplace, an online community services directory, is a great place to start.

    Parentline is a free, confidential telephone counselling service for parents or primary caregivers. Call 1300 301 300, 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week.

    Online help and information is available, such as Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, a free online parenting program to help learn new parenting skills.

    Parents can find reliable information and resources to help them in the day-to-day work of raising children and looking after their own needs on the Raising Children website.

    Family and Child Connect helps families who need more support by connecting them to the right services at the right time. Families can call 13 FAMILY (13 32 64) or visit the website to find help in their local area.

  3. Get involved in your local community.

    Child protection is everyone’s business, and we need all Queenslanders to care for and pay attention to the children and young people in our lives and communities.

    Organisations such as Aunties and Uncles Queensland and the Pyjama Foundation link you with children for mentoring and friendship. Volunteering Queensland also offers opportunities to help out children and young people in your community.

  4. It starts with care. Become a foster and kinship carer.

    Foster and kinship carers are everyday people from all walks of life. If you have a place in your heart for a child who needs love and understanding, apply to become a foster carer.

    Foster carers choose the level of commitment they are able to make, taking into account their own family situation. Care options include:

    • emergency care — for a short time, at short notice and in urgent situations at any time of the day or night
    • short-term care — day-to-day care for up to two years
    • long-term care — day-to-day care until the child is 18 years of age
    • respite care — for when regular foster or kinship carers need a short break
    • intensive care — for children with complex of special needs.
  5. Report your concerns. Don’t ignore them.

    If you have reason to suspect a child is experiencing harm, or is at risk of experiencing harm, contact Child Safety.

    Always phone Triple Zero (000) if you believe a child is in immediate danger.

  6. Change a child’s life. Become a Child Safety Officer.

    Queensland needs qualified and highly motivated Child Safety Officers to work with families to keep children safe and well.

    If you want to make a real difference to improve the lives of some of Queensland's most vulnerable children, apply to become a Child Safety Officer.

    The work is both challenging and rewarding, offers a range of opportunities for career progression and there are positions availbale across the state.

See who is playing their part

Across the state individuals, groups and organisations are playing their part to keep children safe. These are their stories.

Contacts

In an emergency call the police on 000 (triple zero).