In Australia, statutory child protection is the responsibility of state and territory governments. Departments responsible for child protection provide assistance to vulnerable children who are suspected of being abused, neglected or harmed, or whose parents are unable to provide adequate care or protection.
More reports and statistics on child protection can be found under Adoptions and Children & youth.
18 May 2021
Web report |
10 Dec 2021
30,600 children have been in out-of-home care for 2 years or more
1 in 32 children received child protection services
67% of children who received child protection services were repeat clients
Most children abused in care were aged 10–14 (41%) or 5–9 (27%)
46% of children abused in care were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Physical abuse was the most common type of abuse (32%)
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