Notifications

Graphs

Number of notifications and children subject to a notification, Queensland, 2006-07 to 2010-11 Number of notifications and children subject to a notification, Queensland, 2014-15 to 2018-19

YearNotificationsChildren notified
2006-07 28511 24102
2007-08 25003 22333
2008-09 23408 20959
2009-10 21885 19636
2010-11 21655 19353

Rate of children subject to a notification, per 1,000 children aged 0-17 years, by Indigenous status, Queensland, 2006-07 to 2010-11 Rate of children subject to a notification, per 1,000 children aged 0-17 years, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland, 2014-15 to 2018-19

YearIndigenousNon-Indigenous
2006-07 60.3 21.4
2007-08 63.3 18.9
2008-09 68.6 16.6
2009-10 69.2 14.7
2010-11 70.7 14.1

Proportion of notifications, by primary source, Queensland, 2010-11 Proportion of notifications, by primary source, Queensland, 2018-19

YearParent/ guardianOther relativeFriend/ neighbourSchool personnelPoliceHealth sourcesAll other sources
2009-10 6.8 % 5.4 % 5.8 % 14.2 % 28.7 % 17.9 % 21 %
2010-11 7.1 % 6 % 6 % 14.1 % 29.8 % 17.1 % 20 %

Proportion of children subject to a notification, by age group, Queensland, 2010-11 Proportion of children subject to a notification, by age group, Queensland, 2018-19

YearUnborn (a)0 to 45 to 910 to 1415 to 17
2009-10 0 % 40 % 27 % 25 % 7 %
2010-11 4.1 % 36.9 % 26.5 % 24.4 % 8 %

Tables

DescriptionAnnualQuarterly
N.1: Notifications and children subject to a notification, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 23 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB) Excel (XLSX, 18 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)
N.2: Notifications, by primary source, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB) Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB)
N.3: Notifications, by most serious type of abuse type notified, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 20 KB) Excel (CSV, 4 KB) Excel (XLSX, 20 KB) Excel (CSV, 4 KB)
N.4: Children subject to a notification, by age group and sex of child, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB) Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB)
N.5: Notifications, by response timeframe, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 17 KB) Excel (CSV, 1 KB) Excel (XLSX, 21 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)
N.6: Notifications and children subject to a notification, by region, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB) Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB)

Table notes

What is a notification?

A notification is recorded when child protection information received suggests a child may be in need of protection.

Children and young people in need of protection are those who have suffered significant harm, are suffering significant harm, or are at unacceptable risk of suffering significant harm and do not have a parent able and willing to protect them from the harm.

When a notification is recorded, the department must investigate and assess the concerns.

Why this topic is important

Abuse in an action against a child that causes harm. Harm refers to detrimental effect of a significant nature on the child's physical, psychological or emotional wellbeing. Harm can be caused by physical, psychological or emotional abuse, or neglect, or sexual abuse or exploitation.

These types of harm can often occur together and can have a significant and detrimental effect on a child's emotional and/or physical health, development and wellbeing.

If the information received by our department indicates that an unborn child may be at risk of significant harm after they are born and they will not have a parent able and willing to protect them from harm, a notification will be recorded.

In 2018-19, the department recorded 25,381 notifications relating to 22,767 children. The number of notifications increased by 7.3 per cent from 23,658 in 2017-18 to 25,381 in 2018-19.

The number of children subject to notifications increased by 8.9 per cent, from 20,899 children in 2017-18 to 22,767 children in 2018-19.

In 2018-19, the number of non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children subject to a notification was 14,967, an increase of 8.0 per cent from 13,864 in 2014-15. The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children subject to a notification has increased by 38.5 per cent over the same period, from 5,630 in 2014-15 to 7,800 in 2018-19.