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released: 2 Apr 2003 author: AIHW media release

Child Protection Australia 2001-02 provides comprehensive information on child protection services provided by State and Territory community service departments. The report contains data for 2001-02, as well as trend data on child protection notifications, investigations and substantiations, children on care and protection orders and children in out-of-home care.Detailed information on the characteristics of children in the child protection system is presented, specifically data on their age, sex and Indigenous status. In addition for child protection substantiations, data on the family type, the relationship of the person believed responsible and the source of notification are also included. For children on care and protection orders there are data on types of orders and living arrangements, and for children in out-of-home care there are data on types of placements and length of time in out-of-home care.

ISSN 1320-081X; ISBN 978 1 74024 248 6; Cat. no. CWS 20; 85pp.; Internet Only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (154K PDF)
    • Title page and verso
    • Contents
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Acknowledgements
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols used in the tables
    • Summary
  • Sections
    1. Background (153K PDF)
      • Child protection systems
        • Reporting of child protection matters
        • The child protection process
        • Major differences among States and Territories
        • Changes in child protection policies and practices
      • The child protection data
    2. Notifications, investigations and substantiations (179K PDF)
      • Overview
        • Scope of the data collection
        • Categories used for notification and investigations
      • Data and analysis
        • Number of notifications, investigations and substantiations
        • Characteristics of children
        • Rates of children in substantiations
        • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
        • Additional data on notifications and substantiations
    3. Care and protection orders (184K PDF)
      • Overview
        • Children who are in need of care and protection
        • Types of care and protection orders
        • Scope of the data collection
        • State differences
      • Data and analysis
        • Admissions, discharges and orders issued
        • Trends in the numbers on orders
        • Characteristics of children on care and protection orders
        • Rates of children on care and protection orders
        • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
    4. Out-of-home care (172K PDF)
      • Overview
        • Children who are placed in out-of-home care
        • Scope and coverage of out-of-home care data collection
      • Data and analysis
        • Admissions and discharges
        • Trends in numbers of in and out-of-home care
        • Characteristics of children in out-of-home care
        • Rates of children in out-of-home care
        • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
  • End matter (202K PDF)
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix 1: Detailed tables
        • Child protection
        • Care and protection orders
        • Out-of-home care
      • Appendix 2: Technical notes
        • Calculation of rates
          • Rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
          • Rates for other (non-indigenous) children
        • Identification of Indigenous status
          • Children
          • Caregivers
      • Appendix 3: Legislation
        • Child Protection legislation
        • Legislative definition of 'in need of care and protection'
      • Appendix 4: Mandatory reporting requirements
    • Glossary
    • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2003. Child protection Australia 2001-02. Child Welfare Series 32. Cat. no. CWS 20. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 21 October 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467444>.