Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Long-term child protection orders

Graphs

Number of children subject to long-term child protection orders, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland, as at 30 June, 2013 to 2017

YearIndigenousNon-Indigenous
2007 611 1735
2008 760 1973
2009 976 2272
2010 1233 2550
2011 1488 2815

Rate of children subject to long-term child protection orders, per 1,000 children aged 0-17 years, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland, as at 30 June, 2013 to 2017

YearIndigenousNon-Indigenous
2007 9.1 1.8
2008 11.2 2.1
2009 14.3 2.3
2010 17.7 2.5
2011 21.2 2.8

Tables

DescriptionAnnualQuarterly
LT.1: Children subject to long-term child protection orders, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 17 KB) Excel (XLSX, 18 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)
LT.2: Children subject to long-term child protection orders, by age group and sex, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 16 KB) Excel (XLSX, 18 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)
LT.3: Children subject to a child protection order granting long term guardianship to a relative or other suitable person, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 15 KB) Excel (XLSX, 18 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)
LT.4: Children subject to a child protection order granting long term guardianship to a relative or other suitable person, by age group and sex, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 15 KB) Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)
LT.5: Children subject to long-term child protection orders, by region, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 15 KB) Excel (XLSX, 18 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)
LT.6: Children subject to a child protection order granting long term guardianship to a relative or other suitable person, by age group and region, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 17 KB) Excel (XLSX, 20 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB)

Table notes

What are long-term child protection orders?

Children who cannot be safely returned to their parents require stable, long-term out-of-home care. To achieve this, the department can make a recommendation to the Director of Child Protection Litigation to apply to the Childrens Court for long-term guardianship of the child.

Long-term guardianship can be granted to:

  • the chief executive (Director-General)
  • a relative, or another suitable person.

A person who has guardianship of a child effectively has parental responsibility for their daily care and makes decisions about their long-term welfare and development.

Examples of decisions that must be made by the guardian of a child include medical procedures such as surgery, and decisions about the child's education such as enrolling in a new school or participating in work experience.

Why this topic is important

Long-term child protection orders are an essential part of the child protection system as they enable the department to pursue long-term, stable living arrangements for children who cannot be safely reunified with their families.

Of the 9,627 children subject to child protection orders as at 30 June 2017, 6,042 were subject to long-term orders. For 1,634 (or 27.0 per cent) of these children, the guardian was a relative or other suitable person.

The number of children subject to a long-term child protection order increased slightly over the past year, from 5,917 as at 30 June 2016 to 6,042 as at 30 June 2017 (an increase of 2.1 per cent). Over the same period the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children subject to long-term child protection orders increased by 3.9 per cent and 0.9 per cent respectively.

Over the last five years, between 30 June 2013 and 30 June 2017 the number of children subject to a long-term child protection order increased by 19.3 per cent (from 5,065 to 6,042).

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