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Indicator 39 Children and young people on care and protection orders


Children and Young People on Care and Protection Orders


Indicator  description

A measure of ACT children and young people aged 0-17 years who are on a Children's Court order which allocates parental responsibility to the Director-General, Community Services Directorate or a third party other than parents, and/or has a provision requiring supervision by the Director-General, as well as children on a Voluntary Care Agreement which shares parental authority between the Director-General and the parent(s).

What do we measure?

The number of children and young people on a care and protection order as at 30 June. This measure does not include children and young people on a Children's Court order with Youth Justice provisions only or whose care and protection order was made interstate and receive support in the ACT.

Why is this important?

This measure provides an indication as to how many children and young people have been placed in the care, or supervision of the Director-General, Community Services Directorate.

It is recognised that children's best interests are served by being in the care of their parents/ family, if their developmental, emotional and safety needs are being met. However, this may not be the case for some children and young people and it may be deemed necessary for them to enter into the care of the Director-General to ensure their safety and wellbeing. This is only considered after other less intrusive measures have been attempted to support the child and family.

Policy Context

In the ACT, Child and Youth Protection Services have a legislative responsibility under the Children and Young People Act 2008 to facilitate and coordinate services that protect children and young people believed to be at risk of harm. In circumstances where the safety of children and young people cannot be guaranteed in the care of their parents, it is necessary to seek a care and protection order.

The ACT Government has made a significant investment in prevention and early intervention for children and families through A Step Up for Our Kids - One Step Can Make a Lifetime of Difference (Out of Home Care Strategy 2015-2020). Reform under A Step Up for Our Kids places a strong emphasis on recognising and addressing experiences of trauma and achieving the best outcomes for children and young people. This includes supporting children to be safely restored to their parents, and where this is not possible to identify permanent care options.

In 2017, the ACT Government announced Our Booris, Our Way,71 an independent review into the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people involved with Child and Youth Protection Services. An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander steering committee is overseeing the review, with an interim report released in August 2018. The review addresses case planning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people involved in the child protection system to ensure those children are thriving and supported to maintain connections with their family, culture and community.

How is the ACT Progressing?

Acronyms used in Table 54

CoD-G

Care of the Director-General of ACT Community Services Directorate

D-G

Director-General of ACT Community Services Directorate

EPR

Enduring Parental Responsibility order

FGC

Family Group Conference Agreement ratified in Children’s Court

FO

Final order

SFO

Supervision final order

UHM

Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minor, Parental Responsibility transferred to D-G

VCA

Voluntary Care Agreement

Table 54: ACT children and young people in the care of the Director-General by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) status and by age, 2013-17

  

<1 yr

1-4 yrs

5-9 yrs

10-14 yrs

15-17 yrs

Total

Year

Order type

ATSI

Non

ATSI

Non

ATSI

Non

ATSI

Non

ATSI

Non

ATSI

Non

All

2013

Finalised (CoD-G FOs)

2

1

33

68

47

116

32

106

19

69

133

360

493

Immigration Orders (UHM)

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

2

2

Interim Orders (CoD-G)

3

7

2

15

0

14

0

3

0

0

5

39

44

Total Care of the D-G

5

8

35

83

47

131

32

109

19

70

138

401

539

Finalised (PR remains with parent)

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

Third Party Parental Responsibility
(EPRs & FGCs)

0

0

1

4

2

15

7

18

3

10

13

47

60

Supervision Orders (SFOs)

0

2

1

13

5

14

5

10

1

4

12

43

55

Interim Orders (Supervision)

0

0

0

2

0

2

0

2

0

1

0

7

7

Administrative Orders (VCAs)

1

2

1

0

2

1

1

0

0

3

5

6

11

TOTAL

6

12

39

102

56

164

45

139

23

88

169

505

674

2014

Finalised (CoD-G FO)

4

12

37

67

50

114

42

113

13

65

146

371

517

Immigration Orders (UHM)

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

1

0

3

3

Interim Orders (CoD-G)

4

13

5

18

0

14

0

14

0

2

9

61

70

Total Care of the D-G

8

25

42

85

50

129

42

128

13

68

155

435

590

Finalised (PR remains with parent)

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

Third Party Parental Responsibility (EPRs & FGCs)

0

0

1

5

3

15

5

22

5

11

14

53

67

Supervision Orders (SFOs)

0

1

6

13

3

8

2

6

1

2

12

30

42

Interim Orders (Supervision)

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

3

3

Administrative Orders (VCAs)

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

2

TOTAL

8

27

50

105

56

152

49

156

19

83

182

523

705

2015

Finalised (CoD-G FO)

4

5

33

85

53

125

42

114

12

62

144

391

535

Immigration Orders (UHM)

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

2

Interim Orders (CoD-G)

4

16

13

27

9

24

7

8

0

0

33

75

108

Total Care of the D-G

8

21

46

112

62

150

49

123

12

62

177

468

645

Third Party Parental Responsibility (EPRs & FGCs)

0

0

2

2

6

18

5

20

5

18

18

58

76

Supervision Orders (SFOs)

0

1

3

3

3

5

1

4

1

0

8

13

21

Interim Orders (Supervision)

0

1

0

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

4

4

Administrative Orders (VCAs)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

TOTAL

8

23

51

118

71

174

55

149

18

80

203

544

747

2016

Short-term Finalised (CoD-G FO)

4

6

11

13

7

9

5

10

0

3

27

41

68

Long-term Finalised (CoD-G FO)

0

5

26

80

52

123

38

108

20

65

136

381

517

Immigration Orders (UHM)

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

2

Interim Orders (CoD-G)

6

15

11

35

7

23

2

13

0

2

26

88

114

Total Care of the D-G

10

26

48

128

66

156

45

132

20

70

189

512

701

Third Party Parental Responsibility (EPRs & FGCs)

0

0

3

4

10

24

6

25

4

14

23

67

90

Supervision Orders (SFOs)

1

1

2

6

4

4

2

3

1

0

10

14

24

Interim Orders (Supervision)

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

1

0

2

0

5

5

AdminisTrative Orders (VCAs)

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

3

3

TOTAL

11

28

53

139

80

185

53

162

25

87

222

601

823

2017

Short-term Finalised (CoD-G FO)

2

9

20

42

14

19

2

23

0

4

38

97

135

Long-term Finalised (CoD-G FO)

2

1

28

83

49

114

51

130

22

67

152

395

547

Immigration Orders (UHM)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2

2

Interim Orders (CoD-G)

4

7

9

8

9

12

6

8

1

2

29

37

66

Total Care of the D-G

8

17

57

133

72

145

59

163

23

73

219

531

750

Third Party Parental Responsibility (EPRs & FGCs)

0

0

3

3

10

20

6

33

5

14

24

70

94

Supervision Orders (SFOs)

0

1

1

9

0

11

3

3

0

2

4

26

30

Interim Orders (Supervision)

0

0

0

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

3

3

Administrative Orders (VCAs)

0

0

1

1

2

0

2

3

0

3

5

7

12

TOTAL

8

18

62

147

84

178

70

202

28

92

252

637

889

Source: Non-published administrative data.

Note Differentiation between short and long-term orders was introduced to AIHW NMDS in 2015-16.

As at 30 June 2017, a total of 889 children and young people were on a care and protection order. This is an 8.0 per cent increase from June 2016, where 823 children and young people were on a care and protection order. The number of children and young people in the care of the Director-General also increased by 7.0 per cent from 701 in 2016 to 750 in 2017. Although the number of children and young people in the care of the Director-General demonstrates an upward trend since 2013, the difference in proportion between each year shows a steady decrease. Between 2013 and 2014, the difference in proportion was 9.5 per cent and 6.9 per cent between 2016 and 2017.

71 Our Booris, Our Way Interim Report, August 2018