Below we’ve compiled a range of key statistics about our work in child protection. These figures refer to current data either:

  • at a point in time - eg children in care at 31 October 2017
  • over a full month - eg notifications during October 2017.

Full year or 30 June point in time data for the previous 5 years is also reported for comparative purposes.

Unless indicated otherwise, this data refers to children or young people aged under 18 years.

Combined publicly released monthly figures will vary from final figures reported nationally for the financial year once the data for that period is finalised.

Monthly data is subject to change as data entry can be delayed by court processes, approval process and case manager workload. On 22 October 2018, Department for Child Protection reporting was affected by substantial changes to our main information system (C3MS) to incorporate new legislative requirements. The legislation changed some foundation aspects of child protection and as a result of this, there may be issues with comparing current data to old data.

Children in care

Total children in each type of care

Type of care

On 31 July 202230 June 2022 30 June 2021 30 June 2020 30 June 201930 June 2018

30 June 2017

Total children aged under 18 years in  care

4750
(0.2%↑)

4740
(0.3%↑)

4646

4370

3988

3695

3484

Children aged 0-17 years placed in  care under a court order or administrative authority. A 'Voluntary Custody Agreement' is an administrative authority to place children incare. Orders granted under the Children's Protection Act 1993 will continue as if they were issued under the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017.

Family based care total

4043
(85.1%)

4031
(85.0%)

3992

3771

3420

3147

2896

The Family based care total is the sum of foster care, kinship care and family day care placements.

Foster care

1664
(41.2%)

1669
(41.4%)

1706

1641

1540

1434

1333

Foster care is provided by approved carers. Foster carers are recruited, assessed, trained and supported by non-government service providers.

Kinship care

2337
(57.8%)

2327
(57.7%)

2245

2090

1852

1684

1563

Kinship care is one of the following:

  • a relative (other than parents)
  • a person considered to be family
  • a close friend
  • a member of the child or young person's community (in accordance with their culture).

For Aboriginal children, a kinship carer may be another Aboriginal person who is a member of their community, a compatible community or the same language group. This count includes Specific Child Only placements as per national reporting rules.

Family Day Care

42

35

41

40

28

29

NA

Family Day Care (FDC) refers to the Guardianship Family Day Care response which provides short term family-based care to children under 6 while seeking kinship or foster care placements. The program was established by a Memorandum of Administrative Agreement between the Department for Education and the Department for Child Protection.

Non-family based care total

707
(14.9%)

709
(15.0%)

654

599

568

548

588

The non-family based care count comprises Residential care, Independent Living and Commercial property placements.

Residential care

651

649

604

413

415

408

388

Residential care is care provided by the Department for Child Protection in a residential building. Carers are provided by Department for Child Protection funded non-government organisations.

Independent living

56

60

50

63

50

47

38

Independent living includes children living in:

  • private boarding
  • lead tenant households (where a pair of adolescents house-share with a pair of adult community members)

Commercial property

0

0

0*

123

103

93

162

Commercial care is provided at any suitable commercial premises such as private rental house or unit, and is staffed by carers who work shifts on a rotating 24 hour, 7 day per week roster.

*Commercial care contractual arrangements ceased as at 9 October 2020 inclusive.

Children placed on orders

Children placed on an order in the last month

 July 2022 2021-22**2020-212019-202018-19

2017-18

2016-17

Total children placed on orders

357

382

2728

2583

1831

1371

1458

The number of children who were placed on a new legal authority. This is a total count including children placed on an order for the first time and those with a previous order. This includes both court orders and administrative authorities such as voluntary custody agreement.

Children placed on orders for the first time

74

76

1013

911

758

620

682

The number of children who were placed on a legal authority for the first time. This includes both court orders and administrative authorities such as voluntary custody agreement.

**2021-22 financial year data is currently being finalised.

Total children on orders

 On 31 July 202230 June 2022 30 June 2021 30 June 2020 30 June 201930 June 2018

30 June 2017

Total children currently on a Guardianship to 12 months order

525

496

550

610

513

470

481

An order granting guardianship of the child or young person to the Chief Executive for 12 months.

Total children currently on a Guardianship to 18 years order

4056

4054

3907

3653

3406

2932

2815

An order granting guardianship of the child or young person to the Chief Executive until the child or young person is 18 years of age.

Call centre lines and eCARL reports

 July 2022 2021-22**2020-212019-202018-192017-18

2016-17

Call Centre contacts

7749
(21.5%↓)

9875
(0.3%↑)

108113

102830

105275

92404

94955

Call Centre contacts is the sum of phone calls made and eCARLs submitted to the Call Centre. An eCARL is an online alternative to calling the Child Abuse Report Line (CARL) for non-urgent notifications.

**2021-22 financial year data is currently being finalised.

Total calls made to the Call Centre

4565
(13.0%↓)

5248
(5.9%↓)

66833

65334

70297

61360

64899

Total number of phone calls to the Department for Child Protection Call Centre.

Number of calls answered

3778
(82.8%)

4285
(81.7%)

53474

50751

57270

48205

41304

Number of phone calls to the Call Centre that were answered.

Average wait time to the Child Abuse Report Line

10 min 35 sec

10 min 26
sec

11 min 49 sec

15 min 22 sec

11 min 15 sec

15 min 46 sec

42 min 22 sec

The average wait time on the Child Abuse Report Line (CARL).

Number of eCARL submissions

3184
(31.2%↓)

4627
(8.5%↑)

41280

37496

34978

31044

30056

eCARL is an online alternative to calling the Child Abuse Report Line (CARL) for non-urgent notifications.

Reported notifications and screened-in notifications

 July 2022 2021-22**2020-212019-202018-192017-18

2016-17

Reported notifications

6325
(17.2%↓)

7637
(1.0%↓)

80175

75552

78199

64200

52979

A notification is recorded in the system when a report is made to the Child Abuse Report Line. This could be in the form of a phone call or an eCARL. If more than one report is received about the same child they are recorded in the same notification for a period of time (usually 6 weeks), so information about the same matter is grouped together.

**2021-22 financial year data is currently being finalised.

Screened-in notifications

2889
(6.2%↓)

3081
(6.5%↓)

38473

39508

28786

23909

21546

Reported notifications that meet the child protection threshold for further Department for Child Protection assessment and response as defined by policy and regulations.

Contact

DCP Activity and Performance

Email: DCPPerformanceReporting@sa.gov.au