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Care and protection orders are legal orders or arrangements that give child protection departments partial or full responsibility for a child’s welfare (see Table 4.1 for further information). Children are placed on care and protection orders if they are at a serious risk of harm or there are no other care options.
Figure 4.1 outlines the 3 main categories of legal responsibility conferred by care and protection orders.
Children might be admitted (or re-admitted) to a care and protection order for various reasons, including substantiated abuse, irretrievable breakdown in the relationship between the child and their parents, or where parents are unwilling and/or unable to adequately care for the child.
A substantiated notification of abuse or neglect does not necessarily mean that a child will be placed on a care and protection order. If the child’s parents are prepared to, or have made changes to ensure the child’s safety and wellbeing at home, then the department may decide an order is unnecessary and either refer the family to support services, put a safety plan in place, or determine that no further action is needed.
Nationally, 23% of children who were the subjects of substantiations in 2019–20 were subsequently placed on a care and protection order within 12 months (Supplementary table S4.2).
Box 4.1 outlines data limitations for reporting on children on care and protection orders.
A number of considerations with data related to children on care and protection orders need to be taken into account; some notable issues include:
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