The Our Performance site provides timely and accessible child protection performance data.
This site is updated quarterly. The latest available data are for the year ending March 2016.
View the latest child protection statistics.
Child protection data is organised according to the child protection system framework. This depicts the main pathways a child or young person follows while in the child protection system, the key departmental and whole-of-government responses at each stage of the continuum, as well as the desired outcomes for children and young people while in the system.
The aim of intake is to determine the most appropriate response to concerns received about harm or risk of harm to a child.
Child protection concerns received from the community are assessed to determine whether a child concern report or a notification is recorded by the department.
The aim of investigation and assessment is to determine whether a child is in need of protection and ongoing departmental intervention is required.
The child and their family are visited, information is gathered from them and other sources, and an assessment of harm and risk is made.
The aim of ongoing intervention is to reduce the likelihood of a child experiencing future harm.
Ongoing intervention is required for a child in need of protection. A case plan with intervention goals and actions is developed to meet the child's protection and care needs.
The aim of permanency planning is to ensure that a child experiences continuity of care and transitions successfully into adulthood.
There are three permanency options for a child - safely reunifying the child with their family, long-term out-of-home care until the age of 18, or adoption.