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Reporting and statistics

As of 22 October 2018, Department for Child Protection reporting has been affected with substantial changes being made to our main information system (C3MS) to incorporate new legislative requirements.
 
The new legislation changes some foundation aspects of child protection, and as a result of this, there may be issues with comparing some new data to old data.
 
We are actively working to support those that use our data to understand how these changes affect them. 

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

On 28 Feb
2019

30 June 2018

30 June 2017

30 June 2016

30 June 2015

30 June 2014

Total children aged under 18 years in out of home care

3898

3695

3484

3243

2838

2631

Children aged 0-17 years placed in out of home care under a court order or administrative authority. A 'Voluntary Custody Agreement' is an administrative authority to place children in out of home care. 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

3334

3147

2896

2730

2419

2276

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

Foster care

1504

1434

1333 

1261

1158

1114 

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

1799

1684

1563 

1469 

1261 

1162 

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

31

29

NA

NA

NA

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

564

548

588

513

419

355

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

Residential care

418

408

388

289

275

261

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

53

47

38

34

15

21

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

93

93

162

190

129

73

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

 

Feb 2019

2017-18

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

Total children placed on orders

432

1371

1458

1477

1098

929

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

61

620

682

825

614

396

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

 

28 Feb
2019

30 June 2018

30 June 2017

30 June 2016

30 June 2015

30 June 2014

Total children currently on a Guardianship to 12 months order

480

470

481

527

393

324

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

3289

2932

2815

2521

2297

2253

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

 

Feb
2019

2017-18

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

Call Centre contacts

12341

93485

94955

95459

87794

83256

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.

Total calls made to the Call Centre

6247

61360

64899

67443

66983

69901

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

Number of calls answered

5080

48205

41304

38946

41756

35559

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

Average wait time to the Child Abuse Report Line

12 min 3 sec

15 min 46 sec

42 min 22 sec

39 min 24 sec

20 min 16 sec

18 min 9 sec

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

Number of eCARL submissions

6094

32125

30056

28016

20811

13355

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

Reported notifications and screened-in notifications

 

Feb
2019

2017-18

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

Reported notifications

6735

64200

52979

54704

52931

44203

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

2654

23909

21546

21424

22040

19578

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 [at] sa.gov.au