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released: 21 Apr 2016 author: AIHW media release

This report contains comprehensive information on state and territory child protection and support services in 2014-15, and on the characteristics of Australian children within the child protection system. This report shows that: - 151,980 children, a rate of 28.6 per 1,000 children, received child protection services (investigation, care and protection order and/or were 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 were in out-of-home care; - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were 7 times as likely as non-Indigenous children to be receiving child protection services.

ISSN 2205-5037 (PDF) 1320-081X (Print); ISBN 978-1-74249-923-9; Cat. no. CWS 57; 154pp.; $19

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso page
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • 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 children receiving child protection services
      • 2.4 National trends
    • 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
      • Children receiving child protection services
      • Notifications, investigations and substantiations
      • Care and protection orders
      • Out-of-home care
      • Foster and relative/kinship carers
      • Intensive family support services
      • National trend data
      • Population data
    • Appendix B: Technical notes
      • Population data
      • Age
      • Average and median
      • Identification of Indigenous status
      • Points of analysis
      • Socioeconomic position
    • Appendix C: Data quality statement
      • Data quality statement Child Protection National Minimum Data Set
    • Appendixes D to I: Child protection Australia 2014–15 (1.2MB PDF)
    • Appendix D: Mandatory reporting requirements
      • Commonwealth
      • New South Wales
      • Victoria
      • Queensland
      • Western Australia
      • South Australia
      • Tasmania
      • Australian Capital Territory
      • Northern Territory
    • Appendix E: Legislation
      • Child protection legislation
      • Legislative definition of 'in need of care and protection'
    • Appendix F: Policy and practice differences in states and territories
      • F.1 Notifications, investigations and substantiations
      • F.2 Care and protection orders issued
      • F.3 Scope and classifications of out-of-home care
    • Appendix G: Recent state and territory policy changes
      • New South Wales
      • Victoria
      • Queensland
      • Western Australia
      • South Australia
      • Tasmania
      • Australian Capital Territory
      • Northern Territory
    • Appendix H: Relevant changes in jurisdictions' data systems
      • New South Wales
      • Victoria
      • Queensland
      • Western Australia
      • South Australia
      • Tasmania
      • Australian Capital Territory
      • Northern Territory
    • Appendix I: Inquiries into child protection services
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2016. Child protection Australia 2014–15. Child welfare series no. 63. Cat. no. CWS 57. Canberra: AIHW.

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