Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Re-entry

Graphs

Proportion of children subject to a substantiation experiencing a resubstantiation within 12 months, by Indigenous status, Queensland, 2005-06 to 2009-10 Proportion of children subject to a substantiation experiencing a further substantiation within 12 months, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland, 2012-13 to 2016-17

YearIndigenousNon-IndigenousAll children
2005-06 22.5 % 17.4 % 18.1 %
2006-07 20.6 % 13.9 % 15.3 %
2007-08 19.5 % 14.5 % 15.7 %
2008-09 21.6 % 15.1 % 16.9 %
2009-10 21.2 % 16.2 % 17.7 %

Proportion of children subject to a substantiation within 12 months of a decision not to substantiate, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland, 2012-13 to 2016-17

YearIndigenousNon-IndigenousAll children
2005-06 16.2 % 8.5 % 9.2 %
2006-07 14.8 % 7.1 % 8.3 %
2007-08 13.8 % 7.9 % 9 %
2008-09 12.9 % 7.8 % 8.9 %
2009-10 10.1 % 7 % 8 %

Tables

DescriptionAnnualQuarterly
RE.1: Children subject to a substantiation experiencing a further substantiation within three or 12 months, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 15 KB) Excel (CSV, 4 KB) Excel (XLSX, 15 KB) Excel (CSV, 4 KB)
RE.2: Children subject to an initial decision not to substantiate experiencing a substantiation within three or 12 months, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 15 KB) Excel (CSV, 4 KB) Excel (XLSX, 15 KB) Excel (CSV, 4 KB)

What is re-entry?

The number of children who re-enter the child protection system provides an indication of the success of earlier departmental and funded service provider’s interventions in preventing further significant harm.

There are two key re-entry measures used by the department:

  • resubstantiations - the proportion of children substantiated in a financial year who are the subject of a subsequent substantiation within three or 12 months
  • substantiations following a decision not to substantiate - the proportion of children subject to a decision not to substantiate in a financial year who are subsequently substantiated within three or 12 months.

 It is important to note that these rates are often affected by factors beyond the department's control, such as changes in family circumstances (for example, a new partner or illness). Resubstantiation is also more likely to occur if a family did not have access to the right support services at the right time, in order to prevent future significant harm from occurring.

Why this topic is important

Effective and timely intervention is one of the key strategies for reducing the likelihood of a child experiencing future significant harm. This in turn is likely to reduce the need for the department to reassess a child’s care and protection needs (i.e. the re-entry of a child into the child protection system). To help prevent a child’s entry and re-entry, the department funds prevention and early intervention services for families to ensure they have access to timely, culturally appropriate and effective support services.

When required, the department will also work collaboratively with children, young people, their families and other service providers, to support a child so they can remain safely in the care of their family.

The resubstantiation rate within 12 months decreased from 18.1 per cent of children with substantiated harm in 2015-16 to 17.8 per cent in 2016-17. The rate of substantiation in the 12 months following a decision not to substantiate decreased from 10.4 in 2015-16 to 9.8 in 2016-17.

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