Indicator technical specifications
The information below provides technical specifications for the summary indicator data presented in the quick reference guide.
National Framework Indicator 2.1 Family support services: Number of children aged 0-17 years seeking assistance through treatment and support services
||Number of children aged 0-17 years who commenced intensive family support services in the reference period
||AIHW National Child Protection Data Collection
The available data for this indicator capture selected family support services that have a funding relationship with the state/territory child protection department.
Available data are aggregate and limited in scope, including children commencing (not continuing) intensive family support services that state/territory child protection departments fund. Intensive family support services only include services that explicitly work to prevent imminent separation of children from their primary caregivers because of child protection concerns, and to reunify families where separation has already occurred. They are intensive in nature, averaging at least 4 hours of service provision per week for a specified short-term period (usually less than 6 months).
These data present the number of Indigenous and non-Indigenous children commencing IFSS. Indigenous children represent 34% of the total number of children commencing IFSS. While this number is lower for Indigenous children compared to non-indigenous children, the proportion of Indigenous children who are represented in the child protection system overall is higher than non-Indigenous children.