Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2022) National framework for protecting Australia's children indicators, AIHW, Australian Government, accessed 10 August 2022.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2022). National framework for protecting Australia's children indicators. Retrieved from https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/child-protection/nfpac
National framework for protecting Australia's children indicators. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 15 June 2022, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/child-protection/nfpac
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Foster care households are private households containing one or more foster carers:
This indicator provides information on carer households that were retained in a given year. Effective retention of carer households increases the likelihood that children are placed with skilled, experienced carers and have stable and secure placements. The indicator also provides information on the number of foster child placements that retained households provided during the 12 month period.
Trend data: For all indicator displays, the yearly trend is limited to indicators with 3 or more years (including the current year) of comparable time series data. To see the trend click on “Yearly Trend” button on the display. Where 3 or more years of comparable data including the most recent year is not available, a “No time series data” message is shown on the display.
The first figure is a bar graph showing the proportion of foster carer households that were retained by household retention status and the number of placements with retained households. Data can be selected by year, 2012–13 to 2020–21.
The second figure is a line graph showing the proportion of foster carer households that were retained in a given year from 2016–17 to 2020–21. Data can be selected by household retention status or placements with retained households.
Source: AIHW Child Protection Collection
See the supplementary data tables for further information and footnotes about these data.
The information below provides technical specifications for the summary indicator data presented in the quick reference guide.
The rate reported for the reference year is defined in terms of retention from the previous year.
The denominator data for this indicator is restricted to those who were authorised to provide foster care on the night of 30 June in the previous year, who also had a placement in the previous year. This more accurately captures the pool of ‘active’ carers (those providing regular placements) in the denominator.
Due to variation in authorisation policies and practices across jurisdictions, carer households are considered a more appropriate and comparable reporting unit than number of individual carers.
Differences in legislation, policies and practices in relation to out-of-home care across jurisdictions and over time can affect the number and rate of carers and so caution must be taken when interpreting the data.
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