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As part of our work to improve the child and family support system, we are responsible for:

  • identifying areas of research and making research findings more accessible to help inform policy and practice
  • providing leadership and expert advice about laws, polices, practices and services 
  • advocating for the safety and wellbeing of children across Queensland. 

Research is an important part of the work we do, producing regular research scans and summaries.

Our research supports the recommendations we provide to government and non-government organisations to inform laws, policies, practices and services concerning the wellbeing of Queensland children and young people.

Research Agenda

Our research activities are designed to contribute to improving services and outcomes for vulnerable families and children.

We’ve worked with key stakeholders and agencies to develop a Research Agenda 2019-22 (PDF, 694KB) to inform child protection policy and practice. We encourage other organisations to consider the importance of these research areas.

The Research Agenda is divided into 6 key areas:

  • Understanding the importance of the early years
  • Recognising the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities
  • Supporting young people vulnerable to disengaging with education
  • Creating opportunities for young people leaving care
  • Improving youth mental health
  • Leading in changing times

Research summaries

We aim to make research more accessible to policy makers, practitioners and other interested stakeholders.

Our research summaries provide a short, concise summary of relevant research and explore the implications of the research findings for policy and practice. They link to the key areas of our Research Agenda. 

Research in the Round

Twice a year, we host a forum called the Research in the Round. This forum allows us to showcase the work of key Australian researchers who focus on vulnerable children and families.

We have a lead role in translating research to assist policy makers and child protection practitioners.

At the forums, researchers present to an invited audience of key policy makers, practitioners, researchers and other stakeholders working in the area. This is followed by a facilitated panel discussion and time for networking.