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Collecting national data on child protection

The AIHW collaborates with states and territories to manage the national child protection data collection. This collection is drawn from the state and territory administrative data sets. It is reviewed annually to improve data quality and comparability.

The national collection provides comprehensive statistical information on state and territory child protection and support services, and some of the characteristics of the children within these systems. States and territories provide annual data for seven national child protection sub-collections:

  • Notifications, investigations and substantiations
  • Care and protection orders
  • Out-of-home care
  • Foster carers
  • Relative/kinship carers
  • Intensive family support services
  • National out-of-home care standards.

Further details including collection specific information and statistics are available in the latest Child protection Australia reports.

National framework for protecting Australia's children

The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020 (the National Framework) is Australia’s first long-term plan to promote and enhance the safety and wellbeing of Australia’s children.

The National Framework, endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments in 2009, commits Commonwealth, state and territory governments, collaborating with the community sector, to an ambitious new approach to protecting Australia’s children.

The National Standards for Out-of-Home Care (the National Standards) are a priority under the National Framework. The National Standards have been designed to drive improvements and deliver consistency in the quality of care so that children and young people in out-of-home care have the same opportunities as their peers to reach their potential in life wherever they live in Australia.

The AIHW publishes data on indicator sets for the National Framework and the National standards.