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Child protection authorities provide multiple services to vulnerable children, such as case management, referral to support services, investigations of notified child abuse/neglect, provision of care and protection orders and out-of-home care placements. A summary of child protection services reported in Child protection Australia is presented in Table 2.1.
A child may receive one or more of these services depending on their circumstances.
In this report, children receiving child protection services are those children aged less than 18 years who in 2020–21 were:
Box 2.1 outlines data limitations for reporting on children receiving child protection services.
Children may be involved in more than one component of the child protection system. As such, ‘Children receiving child protection services’ is not a total count of the 3 areas; it is a count of unique children across the 3 areas (see Figure 2.2 for the overlap of services received).
Children who were only the subject of a notification that was not subsequently investigated have not been included. This is because, apart from an initial risk assessment, it is expected that the department responsible for child protection would have a limited level of involvement with these children and their families.
Children who received only intensive family support services have also not been included in this section as unit record-level data were not available for national reporting. See Intensive Family Support Services for information about children receiving intensive family support services.
There are differences in jurisdictional legislation, policy and practice regarding the administration of child protection services. Refer to Boxes 3.1, 4.1 and 5.2 for further information, as well as to table footnotes, the Technical notes, and Appendixes A to C before comparing data across jurisdictions.
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