Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Summary statistics

Family support services summary statistics, Queensland

Family support enquiries2012-132013-142014-152015-162016-17year ending 31 March 2018
Enquiries received by Family and Child Connect (a) n.a. n.a. n.a. 14,435 25,126 28,768
Active engagement by Family and Child Connect (a) n.a. n.a. n.a. 8,089 15,173 17,795

Child protection summary statistics, Queensland

 2012-132013-142014-152015-162016-17year ending 31 March 2018
Intake
Intakes - all concerns received by the department about harm or risk of harm to a child. 128,534 129,615 107,585 99,293 108,041 115,454
Child concern reports - all concerns received that do not suggest a child is in need of protection. 103,771 106,359 85,229 76,686 85,358 92,188
Notifications - all concerns received that suggest a child is in need of protection. 24,763 23,256 22,356 22,607 22,683 23,266
Children subject to a child concern report - the number of individual children subject to one or more child concern reports. 65,935 67,946 56,687 51,015 55,441 59,131
Children subject to a notification - the number of individual children subject to one or more notifications. 21,254 20,229 19,494 19,930 20,076 20,609
Investigation and assessment
Admissions to assessment orders 1,595 1,308 1,372 1,517 1,952 1,957
Temporary assessment orders 808 667 663 777 968 938
Court assessment orders (CAO) 787 641 709 740 984 1,019
Substantiations - all notifications assessed that a child has experienced significant harm and/or is at risk of significant harm. 8,069 7,406 6,445 6,113 6,242 6,289
In need of protection - all notifications assessed that a child has been harmed and is at an unacceptable risk of significant future harm, as the child does not have a parent willing and able to protect them. 5,062 4,788 4,335 4,143 4,100 4,078
Not in need of protection - all notifications assessed that a child has experienced significant harm, and the child has a parent willing and able to protect them. 3,007 2,618 2,110 1,970 2,142 2,211
Children subject to a substantiation - the number of individual children subject to a substantiation. 7,149 6,685 5,875 5,627 5,787 5,799
Ongoing intervention (b)
Total children subject to ongoing intervention - intervention with parental agreement or intervention or a child protection order. 11,420 11,334 11,411 11,458 12,108 12,145
Intervention with parental agreement 2,253 2,250 2,195 1,937 2,481 2,334
Child protection orders (CPO) 9,167 9,084 9,216 9,521 9,627 9,811
Children subject to protective orders (CPO and CAO) 9,211 9,131 9,269 9,576 9,706 9,910
Children living away from home 8,652 8,631 8,812 9,091 9,406 9,592
Percent of Indigenous children in out-of-home care placed with kin, other Indigenous carers or Indigenous residential care services 55.5 55.1 55.9 56.5 56.7 56.3
Approved carer families 4,728 4,833 5,012 5,186 5,192 5,218

Notes:

  • 1. The definitions used for each indicator are identified in the relevant tables on the Our Performance site.
  • (a) The staged rollout of Family and Child Connect commenced from January 2015. Annual data prior to this period is not available (n.a.). Figures are year ending the final day of the reference period.
  • (b) Figures are point in time, as at final day of reference period.
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Impacts on data over time

Since 2004, the Queensland child protection system has undergone a period of significant reform. This has resulted in changes to all aspects of the child protection system including legislation, policies and practices, information management systems, recording practices, staffing and services. As a consequence, data for a number of key measures are not strictly comparable across years.

The summary of key child protection system reforms from 2003-04 onward highlights the events in Queensland's child protection history that have impacted on performance figures.

Summary of key child protection system reforms from 2003-04, Queensland

    • October 2003 Public hearings of abuse in foster care
    • January 2004 CMC inquiry report
    • September 2004 Department of Child Safety formed. Recording of notification and substantiations relating to unborn children commenced
    • February 2005 New police operational policy regarding domestic violence
    • March 2005 Protective advice responses no longer recorded as notifications
    • August 2005 Mandatory reporting for doctors and nurses
    • April 2006 Statewide implementation of Structured Decision Making tools
    • May 2006 Further legislative amendments enacted
    • March 2007 ICMS went live. Changes to recording of notifications
    • August 2007 Updated release of ICMS to enable greater functionality
    • August 2009 Updated release of ICMS to enable greater functionality for recording information and managing placements and carers
    • November 2010 Updated release of ICMS to enable enhanced management of the carer recruitment and approval process
    • August to October 2010 Regional Intake Services (RIS) established, centralising the recording of intakes for each region
    • August 2011 Legislative amendments, including changed case plan review requirements, took effect. Changes to recording substantiated harm types
    • July 2013 Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry released final report ‘Taking responsibility: A Roadmap for Queensland Child Protection’
    • July 2013 Procedures to streamline the department’s response to concerns relating to standards of care provided by foster and kinship carers introduced
    • January 2015 New provisions enabling referrals of families to support services
    • January 2015 The Queensland Police Service revoked its administrative policy for mandatory reporting of domestic and family violence incidents
    • January 2015 Family and Child Connect services and intensive family support services opened across the state
    • January 2016 The Brisbane Family and Child Connect service and three more intensive family support services opened across an additional three catchments in Queensland.
    • June 2016 Two more Family and Child Connect services and three more intensive family support services opened across an additional two catchments in Queensland. These catchments were Cairns and Mackay catchments in Queensland.
    • April 2017 The Mount Isa and Gulf Family and Child Connect and intensive family support services commenced operation. The new family support services in this catchment have been integrated with new domestic and family violence services, providing wrap around services for vulnerable families impacted by domestic and family violence.
    • July 2017 Amendments to the Child Protection Act 1999 commenced. From 1 July 2017, early childhood education and care (ECEC) professionals are required to report child safety concerns where there is a reasonable suspicion that the child has suffered, is suffering, or is at unacceptable risk of suffering, significant harm caused by physical or sexual abuse, and there is not a parent willing and able to protect the child from harm
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