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Funding for vulnerable families: Qld govt

AAP logoAAP 4/09/2016 Alexandra Patrikios

A funding boost for non-government child and family support services will help offset a "stigma" that stops people from seeking help from the department itself, the Queensland government hopes.

Minister for Child Safety Shannon Fentiman announced the $60 million family support package on Sunday, ahead of National Child Protection Week, which runs from September 4 to 10.

"We know that child safety is everyone's business. The reality is everyone in Queensland has to step up and take action," she said in Brisbane on Sunday.

"When we see children who might be at risk or we see families struggling to cope, we all have an obligation to act."

The funding, which is drawn from the government's $1 billion for child and family services, will be vetted to non-government agencies through a state-wide tender process to get under way in coming months.

Resourcing these services is key to offsetting a "stigma" attached to approaching the department directly, Ms Fentiman said.

"We know often there is a stigma about families reaching out for help to the department," she said.

She said 128 new frontline jobs would be created in these non-government agencies.

Bravehearts, which says it is being "absolutely inundated" with demand in the Moreton Bay region, will also receive $500,000 over four years to help families who have experienced sexual abuse.

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