Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Relational Permanency – Placement with siblings

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Proportion of children in out-of-home care who are placed with their siblings, as at 30 June, 2018

YearPlaced with at least one siblingNot placed with at least one sibling
2010-11 73.4 % 26.6 %

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PWS.1: Proportion of children in out-of-home care who are placed with their siblings, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 13 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB) Excel (XLSX, 13 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)

What is a placement with a sibling?

When a sibling group requires a care placement, the first preference is to place the sibling group together when it is in the best interests of all children, and when there is a suitable foster care, kinship care or licensed residential care service placement available.

Why this topic is important

Placing a sibling group together in care where it is possible and in their best interests pays attention to relational permanency and will assist the children in adjusting to their new placement, reduce the level of disruption to their lives and enhance their wellbeing through maintaining important family relationships.

Factors that may affect the ability to place a sibling group together include:

  • Any history of abuse within the sibling group
  • The role and responsibilities each sibling has previously undertaken within the family, for example, older siblings taking inappropriate levels of adult responsibility for younger siblings
  • Whether the proposed placement is suitable for all siblings.

As at 30 June 2018, there were 7,035 children in care who had siblings also placed in care. Of these, 5,008 children (or 71.2 per cent) were placed with at least one sibling. The proportion of children placed with siblings in care has decreased slightly by 1.0 percentage point from 72.2 per cent as at 30 June 2017.

Over the past five years the proportion of children placed with siblings in care has decreased slightly (72.9 per cent as at 30 June 2014 compared to 71.2 per cent as at 30 June 2018).

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