Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

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, 2012-13 to 2016-17

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, 2012-13 to 2016-17

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, 2016-17

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, 2016-17

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, 20 KB) Excel (XLSX, 18 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)
N.2: Notifications, by primary source, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 16 KB) Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB)
N.3: Notifications, by most serious type of harm notified, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 16 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, 16 KB) Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB)
N.5: Notifications, by response timeframe, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 14 KB) Excel (XLSX, 21 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)
N.6: Notifications and children subject to a notification, by region, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 16 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

Harm to a child or young person can be caused by physical or emotional abuse, neglect, or sexual abuse.

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 2016-17, the department recorded 22,683 notifications relating to 20,076 children. The number of notifications increased by 0.3 per cent from 22,607 in 2015-16 to 22,683 in 2016-17.

The number of children subject to notifications increased by 0.7 per cent, from 19,930 children in 2015-16 to 20,076 children in 2016-17.

Over the past five years the number of non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children subject to a notification decreased while the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children increased. In 2016-17, the number of non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children subject to a notification was 13,642, a decrease of 11.7 per cent from 15,451 in 2012-13. In contrast, the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children subject to a notification has increased by 10.9 per cent over the same period, from 5,803 in 2012-13 to 6,434 in 2016-17.

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