Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Child protection orders

Graphs

Number of children subject to child protection orders, by Indigenous status, Queensland, as at 30 June, 2007 to 2011 Number of children subject to child protection orders, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland, as at 30 June, 2013 to 2017

YearIndigenousNon-Indigenous
2007 1878 4394
2008 2185 4757
2009 2657 5169
2010 2933 5093
2011 3147 5224

Proportion of children subject to child protection orders, by age group, as at 30 June, 2007 to 2011  Proportion of children subject to child protection orders, by age group, as at 30 June, 2013 to 2017

Year0 to 45 to 910 to 1415 to 17
2007 25.7653061 % 27.34375 % 29.6875 % 17.2034439 %
2008 25.9579372 % 28.5940651 % 28.6516854 % 16.7963123 %
2009 25.8369537 % 29.5553284 % 28.6736519 % 15.9340659 %
2010 24.3707949 % 30.7749813 % 28.5571891 % 16.2970346 %
2011 23.7725481 % 30.9401505 % 28.6943018 % 16.5929996 %

Tables

DescriptionAnnualQuarterly
CPO.1: Children subject to child protection orders, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 12 KB) Excel (XLSX, 18 KB) Excel (CSV, 1 KB)
CPO.2: Children subject to child protection orders, by sex and age group, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 16 KB) Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB)
CPO.3: Children subject to child protection orders, by primary placement, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 17 KB) Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB)
CPO.4: Children subject to child protection orders, by order purpose, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 16 KB) Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 4 KB)
CPO.5: Children subject to child protection orders, by region, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 15 KB) Excel (XLSX, 17 KB) Excel (CSV, 1 KB)

Table notes

What are child protection orders?

When it has been assessed by the department that:

  • a child is in need of protection, and
  • it is not possible or appropriate for the department to work voluntarily with the family to protect the child,

the department will make a recommendation to the Director of Child Protection Litigation, an independent agency within the Department of Justice and Attorney-General that handles child protection legal matters.

The Director of Child Protection Litigation will then consider the department’s information and decides whether to apply to the Children’s Court for a child protection order, and the type of order required.

The types of child protection orders that can be granted by the Childrens Court include - short-term child protection orders (directive, supervision and short-term custody or guardianship to the chief executive or a suitable person who is a member of the child's family) and long-term child protection orders (guardianship to the chief executive, a relative of the child or 'another suitable person').

Why this topic is important

Child protection orders are an essential part of the child protection system as they provide the department with the authority to facilitate actions to ensure the safety of the child or young person and to protect them from further harm.

The number of children subject to child protection orders increased by 1.1 per cent from 9,521 as at 30 June 2016 to 9,627 as at 30 June 2017. Since 30 June 2013, the number of children subject to child protection orders increased by 5.0 per cent. Over this period the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children subject to child protection orders increased by 14.9 per cent, while the number of non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children decreased by 1.2 per cent.

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