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released: 21 Jan 2009 author: AIHW media release

Child protection Australia 2007-08 provides comprehensive information on state and territory child protection and support services. The report contains data for 2007-08, 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 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 880 8; Cat. no. CWS 33; 117pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Half 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
      • Main findings
        • Notifications, investigations and substantiations
        • Children on care and protection orders
        • Children in out-of-home care
  • Body section
    1. Background
      • Child protection process
        • Recent project
        • Developments in child protection policies and practices
        • Recent policy changes
      • The child protection data
      • Important differences among states and territories
    2. Notifications, investigations and substantiations
      • Overview
        • Scope of the data collection
        • Categories used for notifications and investigations
        • Recent project
        • 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
      • 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
        • Recent Project
        • 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
    4. Out-of-home care
      • Overview
        • Children who are placed in out-of-home care
        • Scope and coverage of out-of-home care data collection
        • Recent Project
      • 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
    5. 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 figures

Notes and corrections

  1. On page 38, Table 2.8, data for Western Australia and the totals for Australia have been updated. [4 May 2009]

Recommended citation

AIHW 2009. Child protection Australia 2007-08. Cat. no. CWS 33. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 21 December 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468200>.