More Queensland schools launched as Talking Families schools

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The QFCC’s Talking Families Schools initiative is taking off! Following the launch last year of Chancellor State College on the Sunshine Coast as a Talking Families School, three Logan State Schools – Woodridge, Kingston and Berrinba East – joined the program in April.

Joining the program will give more support to parents and families through their local school community. Participating schools work closely with their local Family and Child Connect (FACC), to support families to access resources, information and local services to help with the challenges of parenting.

Three schools in the Logan region of south-east Queensland have joined the Sunshine Coast’s Chancellor College as Talking Families Schools – an initiative of the QFCC in partnership with Family and Child Connect (FACC).

Woodridge, Kingston and Berrinba East State Schools launched their new roles as part of a Harmony Day celebration at Woodridge on April 5, attended by the Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, and Member for Woodridge, the Honourable Cameron Dick. 

The day – the last of the school term - was a fantastic display of colours, costumes and performances representing Logan’s multicultural communities with the message ‘Everyone belongs”. Stalls representing the QFCC, the local FACC and service providers were set up to offer help and services for the school community.

Talking Families for schools is an extension of the QFCC’s Talking Families initiative, destigmatising conversations about the stresses of parenting, and supporting parents to ask for help when they need it. The message of Talking Families is “Children thrive when parents are supported.”

Schools signed up to the program receive support and resources from the QFCC and advice and information from the local FACC about getting help from local service providers and government agencies. Families are better able to help themselves when they understand what is available to support them with parenting.

Chancellor State College was the first to sign up as a Talking Families School, with a launch on the Sunshine Coast in July 2018. Since that time, the QFCC and local FACCs have worked with Department of Education to identify schools keen to participate.

Information about the Talking Families initiative is available from the QFCC website.