Trends in rates of children in the child protection system

Over the 5 year period between 2013–14 and 2017–18, the rate of children in substantiations and on care and protection orders have both increased steadily (Figure 5).

The rate for children in out-of-home care has fluctuated over the 5 years, with a recent decrease from 8.7 per 1,000 in 2016–17 to 8.2 per 1,000 in 2017–18.

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Note: To account for unavailable NSW substantiation data for the 2017­–18 period, historical substantiation rates in Figure 5 have been recalculated excluding NSW.