Protective orders

Graphs

Number of children subject to protective orders, by order type, Queensland, as at 30 June, 2007 to 2011 Number of children subject to protective orders, by order type, Queensland, as at 30 June 2020

YearCourt Assessment OrderChild Protection Order
2007 119 6272
2008 98 6942
2009 116 7826
2010 64 8026
2011 85 8371

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

YearIndigenousNon-Indigenous
2007 1915 4476
2008 2216 4824
2009 2720 5222
2010 2969 5121
2011 3181 5275

Tables

DescriptionAnnualQuarterly
PO.1: Children subject to protective orders, by order type, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB) Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)
PO.2: Children subject to protective orders, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status Queensland Excel (XLSX, 20 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB) Excel (XLSX, 20 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)
PO.3: Children subject to protective orders, by sex and age group, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 21 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB) Excel (XLSX, 20 KB) Excel (CSV, 4 KB)
PO.4: Children subject to protective orders, by primary placement, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 22 KB) Excel (CSV, 4 KB) Excel (XLSX, 21 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB)
PO.5: Children subject to protective orders, by order type and status, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 20 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB) Excel (XLSX, 20 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB)
PO.6: Children subject to protective orders, by region, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB) Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)

Table notes

What are protective orders?

Protective orders include children subject to assessment orders (court assessment orders) made during an investigation and assessment and child protection orders for children subject to ongoing intervention.

A court assessment order is granted by the Childrens Court in circumstances when an investigation is necessary to assess whether a child is in need of protection and the investigation cannot be carried out unless an order is made, that is, the parents will not consent to the actions required.

A child protection order is made by the Childrens Court when the child is assessed as being in need of protection and the protection and care needs of the child are unlikely to be met by a less intrusive intervention.

Why this topic is important

This measure is provided for national reporting to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in accordance with nationally agreed reporting definitions and is also used within Queensland as a measure of the total number of children subject to an order (whether it be an assessment order or child protection order) on a certain date.

The total number of children subject to protective orders was 11,567 as at 30 June 2020. This comprised 403 children subject to court assessment orders and 11,164 children subject to child protection orders.

The number of children subject to protective orders increased 10.1 per cent from the previous year (10,506 as at 30 June 2019). Since 30 June 2016 the number of children subject to protective orders increased by 20.8 per cent.