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.
children received child protection services (investigation, care and protection order and /or were in out-of-home care) in 2015–16
of children who received child protection services were repeat clients
children who were the subject of a substantiation were from the lowest socioeconomic areas
of children in relative/kinship placements (48%) were living with their grandparents
children were 7 times as likely as non-Indigenous children to have received child protection services
was the most common type of abuse substantiated (45%)
of children in out-of-home care were in home-based care with a foster or relative/kinship carer
from Very remote areas were 4 times as likely as those from Major cities to be the subject of a substantiation
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