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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 care

31 March 2018

30 June 2017

30 June 2016

30 June 2015

30 June 2014

30 June 2013

Total children aged under 18 years in out of home care

3583

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 1993 and include

  • Investigation and Assessment applications (s21)

  • Emergency removal (s16)

Or administrative authority to place: 

  • Voluntary Custody Agreement (VCA)

Foster care

1398 (39.0%)

1333 (38.3%)

1261 (38.9%)

1158 (40.8%)

1114 (42.3%)

1104 (41.6%)

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 care

1625 (45.4%)

1563 (44.9%)

1469 (45.3%)

1261 (44.4%)

1162 (44.2%)

1194 (44.9%)

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 Care

25

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

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 care

392

388

289

275

261

269

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

47

38

34

15

21

29

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 care

96

162

190

129

73

61

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.

Children placed on orders

Children placed on an order in the last month

 

March 2018

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

2012-13

Total children placed on orders

254

1458

1477

1098

929

940

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

78

682

825

614

396

457

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 March
2018

30 June 2017

30 June 2016

30 June 2015

30 June 2014

30 June 2013

Total children currently on a GOM12 order

477

481

527

393

324

370

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

Total children currently on a GOM18 order

2898

2815

2521

2297

2253

2245

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

 

March 2018

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

2012-13

Total calls made to the Call Centre

6229

64899

67443

66983

69901

76210

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

Number of calls answered

4694

41304

38946

41756

35559

47199

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

Average wait time to the Child Abuse Report Line

18 min 31 sec

42 min 22 sec

39 min 24 sec

20 min 16 sec

18 min 9 sec

14 min 53 sec

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

Number of eCARL submissions

3158

30056

28016

20811

13355

NA

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

Reported notifications and screened-in notifications

 

March 2018

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

2012-13

Reported notifications

5963

52979

54704

52931

44203

39736

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 notifications

2125

21546

21424

22040

19578

19120

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