Short-term child protection orders

Graphs

Number of children subject to short-term child protection orders, by Indigenous status, Queensland, as at 30 June, 2007 to 2011 Number of children subject to short-term child protection orders, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland, as at 30 June, 2016 to 2020

YearIndigenousNon-Indigenous
2007 1267 2659
2008 1425 2784
2009 1681 2897
2010 1700 2543
2011 1659 2409

Rate of children subject to short-term child protection orders, per 1,000 children aged 0-17 years, by Indigenous status, as at 30 June, 2007 to 2011 Rate of children subject to short-term child protection orders, per 1,000 children aged 0-17 years, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, as at 30 June, 2016 to 2020

YearIndigenousNon-Indigenous
2007 18.9 2.8
2008 21 2.9
2009 24.6 3
2010 24.4 2.5
2011 23.7 2.4

Tables

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ST.1: Children subject to short-term child protection orders, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 20 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB) Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)
ST.2: Children subject to short-term child protection orders, by age group and sex, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 20 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB) Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)
ST.3: Children subject to short-term child protection orders, by region, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB) Excel (XLSX, 20 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)

Table notes

What are short-term child protection orders?

When the department is satisfied that a child is in need of protection and a child protection order is appropriate and desirable for their protection, the department makes a referral and attaches a brief of evidence to the Director of Child Protection Litigation to seek a child protection order.

A child protection order is not sought if there are other ways to protect the child, such as working actively with the family to resolve the problems that led to the significant harm or risk of harm, or connecting the family to a community support agency.

Short-term child protection orders include:

  • Directive order - an order directing a parent to do or refrain from doing something related to the child's protection, which could include having or not having contact. A directive order must not be for more than one year from the date it was made.
  • Supervision order - an order requiring the chief executive to supervise the child's protection in relation to the matters stated in the order. A supervision order must not be for more than one year from the date it was made.
  • Custody or guardianship – an order that grants short term custody or guardianship to a suitable person in the child’s family (other than the parent) or to the chief executive. The order must not be for more than two years after the date it was made. Several short term custody or guardianship orders can be made as long as they don’t go for more than two years except in exceptional circumstances.  A person who has custody of a child has the right and responsibility to attend to day-to-day matters only, including a child's daily care and making decisions about a child's daily care. They do not however have the power to make decisions about the long-term care, welfare and development of the child.

Why this topic is important

The first priority of the department is the safety of the child or young person who has come into contact with the child protection system.

Child protection orders are a critical part of the child protection system. They provide the department with the authority to work with the family to reduce the risk of harm with the aim of safely returning the child home over a short period of time.

Of the 11,164 children subject to child protection orders as at 30 June 2020, 4,362 were subject to short-term orders and 6,802 children were subject to long-term orders.

The number of children subject to short-term orders increased by 12.0 per cent from 3,893 as at June 2019 to 4,362 children as at 30 June 2020.

Over the past five years the number of children subject to short-term orders increased by 21.0 per cent from 3,604 to 4,362 as at 30 June 2020. Over the same period, the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children subject to a short-term child protection orders increased 25.3 percent and 17.8 per cent respectively.