Listening to families

Families matter and the QFCC is here to help parents and carers be the best they can be.

That’s why we commissioned extensive research to paint a clearer picture of what life is like for Queensland parents.

For instance, are they stressed? What's stressing them? Are they asking for help when they’re struggling? Are they using support services, and if not – why not?

You can view theTalking Families 2016 research report (PDF, 5.70MB), the statewide snapshot (PDF, 89KB) and the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander snapshot (PDF, 90KB) which highlight some of the key findings.

What Queensland parents had to say

More than 4,000 people took part in the survey, and here’s some of what we learned:

  • around half (53%) said they’ve found it hard to cope at times with the stress of being a parent or caregiver
  • more than a quarter (28%) said they found it difficult or had worried they weren’t able to do their best to keep their children healthy and safe
  • the most common stressors were life events relating to employment, health and relationships
  • nearly half (46%) said they have some level of financial stress.

As a parent, chances are you might be feeling some of these pressures, like many other parents in Queensland.

How can the QFCC help with this?

While we can’t take away the pressures and stress you’re feeling as a parent, we work within a broader system that wants to support you to raise happy and healthy children who are able to reach their full potential.

Making a positive difference

Getting the right services, at the right time, can help. And though that sounds simple, accessing effective services is a big deal for many families.

Our research shows only 17% of the parents surveyed had used a parenting support service or attended a parenting education program. Yet 93% of those who had used this support for parenting said it made a positive difference for them.

So we’ve made it our job to do a couple of things to support parents to be the best they can be.

The QFCC:

  • created a Talking Families website and Facebook community that reminds parents and caregivers they’re not alone in the struggles of parenting, and provides them and families with information and helpful tips to support them through challenging times
  • encourages parents and caregivers to ask for help, and encourages others to offer help if they see a parent or caregiver struggling
  • created the oneplace Community Services Directory with over 48,000 listings to help parents, carers, families and professionals find support in their local area.

11 July 2018