Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

Summary statistics

Child protection summary statistics, Queensland

 2009-102010-112011-122012-13December 2013
Intake
Intakes 101,356 112,518 114,503 128,534 129,365
Child concern reports 79,471 90,863 89,680 103,771 105,541
Notifications 21,885 21,655 24,823 24,763 23,824
Children subject to a child concern report 55,080 60,553 60,099 65,935 67,116
Children subject to a notification 19,636 19,353 21,909 21,254 20,665
Investigation and assessment
Admissions to assessment orders 2,455 2,304 1,976 1,595 1,447
Temporary assessment orders 1,223 1,198 941 808 737
Court assessment orders (CAO) 1,232 1,106 1,035 787 710
Substantiations 6,922 6,598 7,681 8,069 7,562
In need of protection 4,287 4,237 4,820 5,062 4,811
Not in need of protection 2,635 2,361 2,861 3,007 2,751
Children subject to a substantiation 6,218 5,941 6,974 7,149 6,791
Ongoing intervention (a)
Total children subject to ongoing intervention 10,606 10,327 10,963 11,420 11,425
Intervention with parental agreement 2,580 1,956 (c)

2,149

2,253 2,250
Child protection orders (CPO) 8,026 8,371 8,814 9,167 9,175
Children subject to protective orders (CPO and CAO) 8,090 8,456 8,863 9,211 9,212
Children living away from home 7,809 8,063 8,482 8,652 8,556
Percent of Indigenous children in out-of-home care placed with kin, other Indigenous carers or Indigenous residential care services 53.8 52.5 53.7 55.5 56.0
Approved carer families 4,043 (b)

4,125

4,463 4,728 4,798

Notes:

  • 1. The definitions used for each indicator are identified in the relevant tables on the Our performance site.
  • (a) Figures are point in time, as at final day of reference period.
  • (b) From 31 August 2009, enhancements to the Integrated Client Management System took place, including an audit and cleansing of carer records. This included closing down those records where a carer was no longer caring for a child, or the approval was no longer valid. As a result, carer families data reported for 30 September 2009 and onwards are not comparable to previous years. If the enhancements to ICMS had not occurred, it is estimated the number of carer families would have increased over 30 June 2009 levels by approximately 70 carer families per quarter. For example, as at 30 September 2009 the number of carer families would have been approximately 4,150.
  • (c) Prior to 2010-11 reporting, an audit and cleansing of intervention with parental agreement records in the Integrated Client Management System (ICMS) took place. This included closing down historical records where a child was no longer subject to intervention with parental agreement. As a result, data reported for 30 June 2011 and onwards are not comparable to previous years.

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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’