Act For Kids

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The Re-ACT CQ Program

QCoal Foundation and Act for Kids have partnered to deliver Re-ACT CQ. An impactful program addressing a crucial service gap in trauma-informed therapy services for Central Queensland’s children.

This pilot program has been designed to respond to a high demand for expanded trauma-informed therapy services in Central Queensland. In 2022, over 45,000 cases of child abuse and neglect were substantiated by Australian child protection authorities. This equates to 125 children every day and includes more than 6,000 Queensland children. Re-ACT CQ answers this pressing need through a three-year social venture partnership between QCoal Foundation and Act for Kids.

Re-ACT CQ will provide essential trauma-informed therapy services to children and their families in Central Queensland, and bridge the current gap in comprehensive care. This initiative encompasses flexible face-to-face sessions at outreach locations and telehealth appointments to allow communities across regional and remote Queensland to benefit. The program also includes deploying a therapist in Central Queensland’s Rockhampton region.

Sylvia Bhatia, CEO of QCoal Foundation, cited the concerning statistics and impact of abuse and neglect on children, “Untreated, abused children can face long-term health issues, mental illness, and more.”

This partnership aims to meet the urgent need for trauma-informed support and allow the gathering of data to better understand both need and impact. Aligned with the mission to strengthen regional and remote communities, the partnership between QCoal Foundation and Act for Kids aims to create positive lasting change for children through Re-ACT CQ.

Act for Kids CEO Dr. Katrina Lines underscores the pilot program’s focus on fostering pathways for children’s healthy lives. Together, QCoal Foundation and Act for Kids will not only address the pressing need for trauma-informed support but also contribute to a brighter future for Central Queensland’s children.

Learn more about the Re-ACT CQ partnership by watching the video below.