During 2020–21, more than 178,800 Australian children received child protection services. Of these children, 68% (around 120,800) were the subject of an investigation of a notification of abuse or neglect and about 49,700 children were the subjects of substantiations in 2020–21. At 30 June 2021, more than 46,200 children were in out-of-home care with 91% being in a home-based care placement.
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Indigenous children on care and protection orders at 30 June increased from about 19,700 in 2017 to about 24,200 in 2021
Between 2016–17 and 2020–21, emotional abuse remained the most common primary type of substantiated abuse or neglect
At 30 June 2021, 91% of children in out-of-home care were in home-based placements, the most common placement since 2017
63% of Indigenous children in out-of-home care were living with relatives/kin or other Indigenous caregivers