In Australia, state and territory governments provide child protection services to vulnerable children to protect them from abuse in family settings. For some children, this can result in being placed in the care of the state or territory. This report presents 2020–21 data from a new national data collection on the safety and abuse of children in care. This first report will provide baseline data for ongoing monitoring and reporting.

  • Cat. no: CWS 86
Findings from this report:
  • 46% of children abused in care were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

  • Most children abused in care were aged 10–14 (41%) or 5–9 (27%)

  • 1,442 children were the subject of a substantiation of abuse in care

  • Physical abuse was the most common type of abuse (32%)