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released: 20 Sep 2016 author: AIHW

Permanency planning and long-term care for children in out-of-home care can involve family reunification, third-party parental responsibility orders, long-term finalised guardianship/custody orders and adoptions by carers. This report describes concepts and available data in this area, and development work being undertaken to improve national reporting. Available data indicate: -There were 31,129 children on finalised guardianship/custody orders and 9,070 children on finalised third-party parental responsibility orders at 30 June 2015. - There were 94 adoptions by carers finalised in 2014–15. - Most (87%) children who had been continuously in care for 2 or more years had also spent at least 2 years in one main care arrangement.

ISSN 2205-5037 (PDF) 1320-081X (Print); ISBN 978-1-74249-994-9; Cat. no. CWS 58; 37pp.; $10

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
      • Common permanency concepts
      • Permanency data in child protection and adoptions collections
      • Data development
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • What is child protection?
      • What are permanency planning and long-term care?
      • Policy context
      • Building an evidence base
      • Potential data sources
      • Structure of this report
    • 2 Challenges in collecting consistent permanency-related data
      • Permanency planning pathways
      • Variations between jurisdictions
      • Distinction between legal permanence and placement stability
    • 3 Permanency data from AIHW child protection and adoptions collections
      • Available data
      • Child protection data
      • Adoptions data
    • 4 Identified data gaps and improvements to reporting on long-term care
      • Data gaps
      • Ongoing data development
    • End matter
      • Glossary
      • References
      • List of tables
      • List of figures
      • Related publications
    • Appendix A: Permanent care-related concepts, definitions, legislative and policy contexts, by jurisdiction
    • Appendix B: National mapping of care and protection orders

Recommended citation

AIHW 2016. Permanency planning in child protection: a review of current concepts and available data 2016. Child welfare series no. 64. Cat. no. CWS 58. Canberra: AIHW.

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