1.2 Safety

Out-of-home care is provided across Australia for children who are unable to live with their families, generally because of child abuse or neglect, or because their family is unable to care for them (for example, due to illness or incarceration).

It is important that children are provided with a safe home environment during their time in care.

This indicator captures children in out-of-home care who were the subject of a substantiation (and the person believed responsible was living in the household), as a proportion of all children in out-of-home care.

For all indicator displays, where all years of data are comparable over time an ‘All’ category will be provided as an option in the ‘Year’ drop down display. If only a selection of specific years are comparable, these years (e.g. 2017 to 2019) will be provided as an option under ‘Year’ and ‘All’ will not be an option. See the footnotes for this indicator in the supplementary tables hyperlink below for further information.

See the XLS DownloadXLS Downloadsupplementary table for this indicator for further information and footnotes about these data.

Indicator technical specifications

The information below provides technical specifications for the summary indicator data presented in the XLS Downloadquick reference guide.

National Standards Indicator 1.2 Safety: The number and proportion of children in out-of-home care who were the subject of a child protection substantiation and the person believed responsible was living in the household providing out-of-home
  Definition Data source

Numerator

Number of children aged 0-17 years in out-of-home care during the reference period, who were the subject of a child protection substantiation whilst in out-of-home care during the reference period (regardless of the date of notification), and the person believed responsible was living in the household providing out-of-home care (or a worker in a residential facility in which the child was living) at the time the harm occurred

AIHW National Child Protection Data Collection (2009-10 to 2011-12), Report on Government Services (2012-13 onwards)

Denominator

Number of children aged 0-17 years in out-of-home care during the reference period

AIHW National Child Protection Data Collection (2009-10 to 2011-12), Report on Government Services (2012-13 onwards)

Explanatory notes

Differences in child protection legislation, policies and practices across jurisdictions and over time can affect the number and rate of children in out-of-home care and substantiations, so caution must be used when interpreting the data.

The administrative data reported to the AIHW on child protection substantiations reflects departmental activity. Administrative data captures incidence of substantiations of harm, or risk of harm, rather than prevalence of abuse and neglect.

See the XLS Downloadsupplementary table for this indicator for further information and footnotes about these data.