Child Protection Australia 2016-17 Report Released
Mar 15, 2018
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) have released Child Protection Australia 2016-17 report. The report shows the rate of children receiving child protection services rose to 1 in 32 children, with almost three-quarters (74%) of children being repeat clients. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were significantly overrepresented. In 2016-17, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were 7 times more likely to have received child protection services and 10 times more likely to be in out-of-home care. A total of 47 915 children were in out-of-home care across Australia with 41% having been in care for five years or more. And for the first time the report presented data on disability status in out-of-home care. In 2016-17, data on the disability status of children in out-of-home care were available for six jurisdictions. Overall, 15% of children in out-of-home care were reported as having a disability.