Overview

The early years of a child’s life provide the foundation for future heath, development and wellbeing. The transitions from childhood to adolescence to independent adulthood are also crucial periods for establishing positive health and social behaviours.

More reports and statistics on children & youth can be found under Adoption, Child protection and Mothers & babies.

Latest findings

26% of those in detention in 2018–19 had been in out-of-home care in the 5 years from 1 June 2014 – 30 July 2019 Individual periods of supervision that were completed during 2018–19 lasted for a median of 132 days (over 4 months). Of young people under supervision on an average day, 84% were supervised in the community and 17% were in detention. 63% of young people in detention were unsentenced—that is, awaiting the outcome of their legal matter or sentencing. 22% of those in detention in 2018–19 had been in residential care at least once in the last 5 years 11% of those in detention in 2018–19 had 5 or more out-of-home placements in the last 5 years 28% of those under youth justice supervision in 2018–19 had received a child protection service in the same year 22% of those under youth justice supervision in 2018–19 had been in out-of-home care in the last 5 years On an average day in 2018–19, 5,694 young people aged 10 and over were under youth justice supervision. 61% of those in detention during 2018–19 had received a child protection service in the last 5 years Indigenous young people aged 10–17 made up 50% of those under youth justice supervision. 23% of those under youth justice supervision in 2018–19 received a care and protection order in the last 5 years 54% of those under youth justice supervision in 2018–19 had received a child protection service in the last 5 years 34% of those in detention in 2018–19 had a substantiated notification for abuse or neglect in the last 5 years

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