Overview

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.

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Latest findings

1 in 32 children received child protection services

67% of children who received child protection services were repeat clients

Children from Very remote areas are 3 times as likely as those from Major cities to be the subject of a substantiation

30,600 children have been in out-of-home care for 2 years or more

Nearly 3 in 5 (59%) in the OOHC study population received income support payments in young adulthood

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