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Understanding Queensland's parents

Families matter. QFCC is here to help mums and dads to be the best parents 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 is it that’s stressing them? Are they asking for help when they’re struggling? Are they using support services, and if not – why not?

What Queensland parents had to say

More than 4,000 people took part in the survey, and here’s some of what they told us:
 

  • More than two thirds (70%) say they’ve found it hard to cope at times with the stress of being a parent or caregiver
  • More than a quarter (28%) say 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%) say 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.

So 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 own research shows only 1 in 10 of the parents surveyed had used a parenting program. Only 11% of parents have attended a parenting education program. Yet 93% of those who had used formal 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 you to be the best parent you can be.

We’re:

  • getting the word out about the 40,000+ support services across Queensland
  • helping you to easily find quality services in your local area through oneplace – Community Services Directory
  • helping everyone realise that reaching out for support is seen as normal, and a really great thing to do
  • providing information about the child protection and family support system, so you understand why it exists and how it might support you or people you know.

Tell us what you think

We really want to hear your own stories, in your own words. What challenges have you come up against? How can we help make life easier?

Feel free to share your stories and hear from others via our Talking Families Facebook page or email us at any time.

Last modified: 
24 November 2017