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released: 23 Jan 2008 author: AIHW media release

Child protection Australia 2006-07 provides comprehensive information on state and territory child protection and support services. The report contains data for 2006-07, 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 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 751 1; Cat. no. CWS 31; 116pp.; Internet Only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Half title and verso pages
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols used in the tables
    • Technical notes
    • Summary
      • Who reports child abuse and neglect?
      • Key stages in the child protection process
      • Report structure
      • Main findings
        • Notifications, investigations and substantiations
        • Children on care and protection orders
        • Children in out-of-home care
  • Sections
    1. Background
      • Child protection process
      • Developments in child protection policies and practices
        • Recent policy changes
      • The child protection data
      • Important differences among states and territories
    1. Notifications, investigations and substantiations
      • Overview
        • Scope of the data collection
        • Categories used for notifications 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
    1. Care and protection orders
      • 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
    1. Out-of-home care
      • 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
    1. Intensive family support services
      • Family support services
      • Intensive family support services data
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      1. Detailed tables
        • Child protection
        • Care and protection orders
        • Out-of-home care
        • Populations
      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
      3. Legislation
        • Child protection legislation
        • Legislative definition of 'in need of care and protection'
      4. Mandatory reporting requirements
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figure

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. (29 February 2008) Page 60: Footnote (c) under Table 4.6 has been amended. Page 74: The figures in the 'residential care' and 'other' columns of Table A1.8 have been amended due to small errors in the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria data for this table .

Recommended citation

AIHW 2008. Child protection Australia 2006-07. Child welfare series 43. Cat. no. CWS 31. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 20 October 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468062>.