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released: 20 Jan 2005 author: AIHW media release

This report is based on information from three national child protection data collections - child protection notifications, investigations and substantiations; children on care and protection orders; and children in out-of-home care. These data are collected each year by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare from the community services departments in each state and territory. Most of the data in this report cover the 2003-04 financial year, although data on trends in child protection are also included.

ISSN 1320-081X; ISBN 978 1 74024 439 8; Cat. no. CWS 24; 94pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • List of tables (176K PDF)
  • List of figures Acknowledgments Abbreviations
  • Symbols used in the tables
  • Summary
    • Notifications, investigations and substantiations
    • Children on care and protection orders
    • Children in out-of-home care
  • Sections
    1. Background (273K PDF)
      • Child protection systems
        • Reporting of child protection matters
        • The child protection process
        • Important differences among states and territories
        • Changes in child protection policies and practices
        • Family support services
        • Recent policy changes
      • The child protection data
    1. Notifications, investigations and substantiations (296K 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
    2. Care and protection orders (285K PDF)
      • Overview
        • Children who are in need of care and protection
        • Types of care and protection orders
        • Scope of the data collection
        • State and territory differences
      • Data and analysis
        • Admissions, discharges and orders issued
        • Trends in the number of children on orders
        • Characteristics of children on care and protection orders
        • Rates of children on care and protection orders
        • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
    3. Out-of-home care (294K 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 in 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
    4. End matter (229K 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 (Australian) 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 2005. Child protection Australia 2003-04. Cat. no. CWS 24. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 28 August 2016 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467684>.

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