About us

Churches of Christ in Queensland delivers family services that provide information, therapeutic support and practical assistance aimed at improving the quality of life for children and their families, and enabling them to be stronger and more resilient. We assist vulnerable families address multiple and/or complex needs and build their capacity to safely care for and protect their children.

We deliver holistic intervention and family support services to assist families to address identified needs to improve family relationships, functioning and safety.


Our philosophy

Churches of Christ in Queensland is committed to enhancing the health, safety and well-being of children and young people through a wide range of integrated child and family support services, and effective partnerships with government and other support services and agencies.

Our philosophy of care:

  • We believe that each child/young person has a voice, is unique and inherently valuable.
  • We are committed to providing care that responds optimally to individual needs, strengths, skills and abilities, and enables each individual to reach their full potential.
  • We recognise and respect the importance of the family unit and its potential to foster the positive development and self-worth of each child/young person.  Central to our approach is a strong focus on strengthening families and supporting family connections where possible throughout the care process.
  • We recognise the importance of valuing and encouraging relationships that are significant to a child/young person.
  • We believe that the needs of each child/young person and family are best understood within the context of their culture, customs and beliefs.
  • We are committed to enabling creative, flexible and effective care practices through monitoring, supporting and developing skilled and valued staff and carers, and providing personal and professional development opportunities.
  • We aspire to provide safe, stable, nurturing and caring environments for children and young people to enable opportunities for them to grow and develop emotionally, socially, physically, intellectually and spiritually.

Model of care

The health, safety and well-being of children and young people are central to our model of care.

Young people are represented within their family whilst giving importance to each family’s context, providing care that strengthens families, and encouraging family connectedness that all of our care programs aspire to achieve.

Our care services are also represented within a community context to enable the development and strengthening of community/kinship connections. Children, young people and their families are represented within their broader community, reflecting the significance of culture, customs, language, ethnicity and other supports and connections. A range of care services are available to meet the specific needs of individuals, including assessment and intervention services, supported independent living services, residential care, foster/kinship care, and intensive foster care.



Sanctuary Model of Care

What is the Sanctuary Model of Care?

Sanctuary is a trauma-informed philosophy of care.  It provides a model to guide both the way we run our organisation and the way we provide healing and support to the children and families we work with. It is a model for everybody because it is a way of guiding all of us - leaders, staff, children and families - to share the same values and language.

This model of care is based on an understanding of trauma and how it affects individual clients, as well as whole systems and organisations.

  • Most children who come through our programs have experienced trauma and can benefit from trauma-informed care.
  • Working with traumatised clients is very stressful and can lead to agencies becoming “trauma-organised”.

Sanctuary is about changing the culture of an organisation to one that helps people recover from trauma.

What are the values?

Sanctuary’s values are based on a commitment to create an environment that is safe and free from harm, and promote growth and development for all.  To guide this, the following seven philosophies of practice, called the "seven commitments", are employed daily in all our actions and interactions.

Seven Commitments:

  • Commitment to non-violence: being safe outside (physically), inside (emotionally), with others (socially) and to do the right thing (morally)
  • Commitment to emotional intelligence: Managing our feelings so that we don’t hurt ourselves or others
  • Commitment to social learning: Respecting and sharing the ideas of our teams
  • Commitment to democracy: Shared decision-making
  • Commitment to open communication: Saying what we mean and not being mean when we say it
  • Commitment  to social responsibility: Everyone makes a contribution to the organisational culture because together we accomplish more
  • Commitment to growth and change: Creating hope for our clients and ourselves

About Churches of Christ in Queensland

Established in 1930, we are one of the largest, most diverse not-for-profit organisations in Australia with a single-minded commitment to care, trust and respect for the community. We operate more than 150 care services throughout Queensland and Victoria thanks to the support of approximately 3,200 staff and 900 volunteers.

Our Christian values mean we offer help to anyone in need regardless of race or religion. We are inspired by Christ but do not expect our clients, or you, to be. Our care and compassion are open to all vulnerable people in all stages of life including:

Such services are funded though a mix of government subsidies, grants, fundraising activities, and fees and charges for selected services. Our community housing projects are made possible through the federal government’s Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan.

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