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Presents statistics on children on care and protection orders based on data provided by State and Territory welfare departments for the year 1 July to 30 June the following year.
A child is deemed to be in need of care and protection if the child is being or is likely to be abused or neglected, if the child is abandoned, if adequate provision is not being made for the child's care, or if there is an irretrievable breakdown in the relationship between the child and his or her parent(s).
A guardianship order is usually issued when the family has not provided, or is unable to provide, adequate care and/ or protection and the child is found to be in danger of abuse or serious neglect. Guardianship orders may also be issued because of irreconcilable differences between the parent(s) and the child, the child being abandoned, or due to a breach of a supervision order (a type of non-guardianship order).
Non-guardianship orders give the welfare department responsibility for a child's care (usually as a result of a family crisis) or protection (e.g. from abuse or neglect). These orders generally result in children being placed under the short-term supervision of the welfare department, and may result in their placement away from their family until circumstances permit their return. The types of orders under this heading vary across the States and Territories.
The main findings of this report include:
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