Research

QFCC research activities are designed to contribute to better 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. The QFCC is working in some of these areas but also encourages others to consider these important areas for research. 

We have also developed a Knowledge and Resource Hub, which includes links to research, and research summaries. To have your research included, please email our research team on research@qfcc.qld.gov.au.

The Research Agenda is divided into 6 key areas:

  1. Understanding the importance of the early years
  2. Recognising the strengths of Indigenous families and communities
  3. Supporting young people vulnerable to disengaging with education
  4. Creating opportunities for young people leaving care
  5. Improving youth mental health
  6. Leading in changing times

Find out more by clicking on each of the above areas.

Research scans

Our monthly Family and Child Research Scans provide a selection of research papers, designed to inform child protection policy and practice. This helps contribute to better services and systems for vulnerable children and families.

The research scans can be found in the Knowledge and Resource Hub and reflect key areas prioritised in our Research Agenda.

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.

Research summaries can be found in the Knowledge and Resource Hub.

If you’d like to contribute to our growing list of research summaries, please email our research team.

Research in the Round

Our Research in the Round forums showcase the work of key Australian researchers, who focus on vulnerable children and families.

Find out more about Research in the Round.

The 6 key areas of our Research Agenda

Strategic area 1: Understanding the importance of the early years

  • Supporting vulnerable families through the early years
  • The impact of alcohol and other drugs on the developing child
  • Improving infant mental health
  • Providing enriching environments for the developing brain
  • Reducing preventable child deaths

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Strategic area 2: Recognising the strengths of Indigenous families and communities

  • Families are first in growing healthy kids
  • Families are first educators
  • Dads are first male role models
  • Families are first carers of country
  • Families are first in supporting and celebrating kids’success
  • Understanding the importance of culture

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Strategic area 3: Supporting young people vulnerable to disengaging with education

  • Children invisible to the education system
  • Exploring ways of tracking children through their schooling
  • Children, including very young children, suspended or excluded
  • Understanding which children are vulnerable to disengaging from education
  • Disengagement from school and links to offending

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Strategic area 4: Creating opportunities for young people leaving care

  • Exploring place-based solutions to reduce homelessness for young people leaving care
  • Improving housing outcomes through enhancing communication and planning
  • Supporting the education and training opportunities for young people leaving care

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Strategic area 5: Improving youth mental health

  • Supporting young people facing mental health challenges
  • Social media, gaming addiction, online grooming and mental health
  • Trend data on youth suicide in Queensland

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Strategic area 6: Leading in changing times

  • Understanding the effects of collective and collaborative leadership
  • The increasing role of technology and artificial intelligence in providing social services
  • Considering the safety and wellbeing of their children when providing services to vulnerable adults
  • Understanding vulnerability in the context of the child protection system

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12 August 2019