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Reporting and statistics

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 out of home 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. 

Children in out of home care

Total children in each type of out of home care

Type of care31 Oct 201730 June 201730 June 201630 June 201530 June 201430 June 2013
Total children aged under 18 years in out of home care

3502

3484

3243

2838

2631

2657

Children placed in out of home care with an authority for placement.  Authorities are provided under the Children’s Protection Act and include

  • Investigation and Assessment applications (s21)
  • Emergency removal (s16)

Or administrative authority to place: Voluntary Custody Agreement (VCA)

Foster care135113331261115811141104
Foster care is provided by approved carers. Foster carers are recruited, assessed, trained and supported by non-government out of home care service providers.
Kinship care157615631469126111621194

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 and Torres Strait Islander children, a kinship carer may be another Indigenous 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 Care24NANANANANA
Family Day Care (FDC) is a service where a professional carer looks after children in their home. It's small group care for a maximum of 4 children under school age and 3 children of school age. 
Residential care390388289275261269
Residential care is care provided by the Department for Child Protection in a residential building. 
Independent living453834152129

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 care1161621901297361
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 and carers are provided by Department for Child Protection funded non-government organisations. 

Children placed on orders

Children placed on an order in the last month

 Oct 20172016-172015-162014-152013-142012-13
Total children placed on orders256145814771098929940
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 time50682825614396457
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. 

Total children on orders

 31 Oct 201730 June 201730 June 201630 June 201530 June 201430 June 2013
Total children currently on a GOM12 order483481527393324370
An order granting guardianship of the child or young person to the Minister for 12 months.
Total children currently on a GOM18 order285528152521229722532245
An order granting guardianship of the child or young person to the Minister until the child or young person is 18 years of age.

Call centre lines and eCARL reports

 Oct 20172016-172015-162014-152013-142012-13
Total calls made to the Call Centre49426489967443669836990176210
Total number of phone calls to the Department for Child Protection Call Centre.
Number of calls answered38864130438946417563555947199
Number of phone calls to the Call Centre that were answered.
Average wait time to the Child Abuse Report Line17 min 11 sec42 min 22 sec39 min 24 sec20 min 16 sec18 min 9 sec14 min 53 sec
The average wait time on the Child Abuse Report Line (CARL).
Number of eCARL submissions212330056280162081113355NA
eCARL is an online alternative to calling the Child Abuse Report Line (CARL) for non-urgent notifications. 

Reported notifications and screened-in notifications

 Oct 20172016-172015-162014-152013-142012-13
Reported notifications46635297954704529314420339736
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. 
Screened-in notifications17372154621424220401957819120
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 Data Warehouse

EmailDECDFamiliesDataWarehouse [at] sa.gov.au