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released: 8 May 2015 author: AIHW media release

This report contains comprehensive information on state and territory child protection and support services in 2013-14, and the characteristics of Australian children within the child protection system. This report shows that: - around 143,000 children, a rate of 27.2 per 1,000 children, received child protection services (investigation, care and protection order and/or in out-of-home care); - three-quarters (73%) of these children had previously been the subject of an investigation, care and protection order and/or out-of-home care placement; - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were 7 times as likely as non-Indigenous children to be receiving child protection services.

ISSN 1320-081X; ISBN 978-1-74249-709-9; Cat. no. CWS 52; 146pp.; $19

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso page
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Technical notes
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Child protection overview
      • 1.2 Child protection data components
    • 2 Children receiving child protection services
      • 2.1 Overview and key statistics
      • 2.2 Child protection services received
      • 2.3 Characteristics of child protection clients
    • 3 Notifications, investigations and substantiations
      • 3.1 Overview and key statistics
      • 3.2 Cases and the children involved
      • 3.3 National trends
    • 4 Care and protection orders
      • 4.1 Overview and key statistics
      • 4.2 Types of orders issued
      • 4.3 Children and orders
      • 4.4 National trends
    • 5 Out-of-home care
      • 5.1 Overview and key statistics
      • 5.2 Children
      • 5.3 National trends
    • 6 Carers
      • 6.1 Overview and key statistics
      • 6.2 Foster carer households
      • 6.3 Relative/kinship carer households
    • 7 Intensive family support services
      • 7.1 Overview and key statistics
      • 7.2 Children commencing services
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: Detailed tables
    • Appendix B: Technical notes
    • Appendix C: Data quality statement: Child Protection National Minimum Data Set
    • Appendix D: Mandatory reporting requirements | Appendixes D-I (311KB PDF)
    • Appendix E: Legislation
    • Appendix F: Policy and practice differences in states and territories
    • Appendix G: Recent state and territory policy changes
    • Appendix H: Jurisdictions' data systems
    • Appendix I: Inquiries into child protection services
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Related publications

Notes and corrections

The current version of the publication is presented above. Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.

  1.  (1Feb2016) In summary, correction to amount of children - Rates of children on care and protection orders and in out-of- home care continued to rise.
    Previous version: Child protection Australia 2013–14 (2.6MB PDF)

Recommended citation

AIHW 2015. Child protection Australia 2013–14. Child welfare series no. 61. Cat. no. CWS 52. Canberra: AIHW.

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