Indicator technical specifications
The information below provides technical specifications for the summary indicator data presented in the quick reference guide.
National Standards Indicator 8.1 Community activity: Proportion of children and young people who report they may choose to do the same sorts of things (sporting, cultural or community activities) that children and young people their age who aren’t in care do
||Number of children aged 8-17 years in care who report they receive adequate support to participate in sport, community or cultural activities
||AIHW Out-of-home care survey national dataset
Number of responding children aged 8-17 years in the reference period
|AIHW Out-of-home care survey national dataset
Data are sourced from a national survey of children in care. Further interpretive information for the indicators, and background information on the survey, is provided in the AIHW report The views of children and young people in out-of-home care: overview of indicator results from second national survey, 2018.
Children ‘in care’ are those who were residing in out-of-home care (including foster care, relative/kinship care, family group homes, residential care and independent living), whose care arrangements had been ordered by the relevant Children’s Court and where the parental responsibility for the child had been transferred to the Minister or Chief Executive, and who had been on a relevant court order for three months or more. Please note that the titles of the relevant ‘Children’s Courts’ may vary across states/territories.
Children aged 8–17 years were asked three questions: ‘Does your carer or someone else encourage you to do sports or other physical activities?‘, Does your carer or someone else encourage you to do youth or community activities?, ‘Are there any sports, physical, youth or community activities you would like to try? And one open-ended question: ‘Please tell us which sports, physical, youth or community activities you would like to try.’ Questions one and two had five response categories: ‘All the time’, ‘Most of the time’, ‘Not very often’, ‘Never’, and ‘I am not interested in these things’. Question three had a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ response category. Responses to the open-ended question are available in the report.
The numerator includes children who reported ‘All the time’ or ‘Most of the time’ to the first two questions.
The numerator and denominator exclude children with a ‘not stated’ or ‘I am not interested in these things’ response to the questions.