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Reporting and statistics

Below we’ve compiled a range of key statistics about our work in child protection. Most of these figures are for either:

  • the previous month
  • the previous financial year.

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

  Total at 31 January 2017 Definition of term
Total children aged under 18 years in out of home care

3377

Number of children in out of home care at the end of the month. Authorities are provided under Children’s Protection Act and include
  • investigation and assessment applications (s21)
  • emergency removal (s16)
  • or administrative authority to place: Voluntary Custody Agreement (VCA).
Foster care 1299 Foster care is provided by registered carers. Foster carers are recruited, assessed, trained and supported by non-government  out of home care service providers
Kinship care 1513 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.

Residential care 335 Residential care is care provided by Families SA in a residential building.
Independent living 42 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 188 Commercial care is provided at any suitable commercial premises such as a 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

  January 2017 2015-16 Definition of term
Total children placed on orders 266 1480

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 first time 51 821 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

  At 31 January 2017 Definition of term
Total children currently on a GOM12 order 524 An order granting guardianship of the child or young person to the Minister for 12 months
Total children currently on a GOM18 order 2679 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

  January 2017 2015-2016 Definition of term
Total calls made to the call centre 4822 67,443 Total number of phone calls to the department call centre. 
Number of calls answered 3287 38,946 Number of phone calls to the call centre that were answered
Average wait time to the Child Abuse Report Line 32 minutes 7 seconds 39 min 24 sec The average wait time on the Child Abuse Report Line (CARL).
Number of eCARL submissions 1622 28,016 eCARL is an online alternative to calling the Child Abuse Report Line (CARL) for non-urgent notifications.

Reported notifications and screened-in notifications

  January 2017 2015-2016 Definition of term
Reported notifications 2430 54,704

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 1239 21,427 Reported notifications that meet the child protection threshold for further department assessment and response as defined by policy and regulations.

Contact

Service Development unit

EmailDECDFamiliesServiceDevelopment [at] sa.gov.au