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Title Comparability of child protection data
Published Canberra : Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, [1999]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  362.760994 Aus/Coc  UNAVAILABLE C19
Description ix, 86 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm
Series CWS ; no. 9
Value inquiry book series. Contemporary Whitehead studies ; no. 9
Contents Chapter 1. Introduction -- 1.1. Methodology -- 1.2. Structure of the report -- ch. 2. Overview -- 2.1. Child protection - the problem of definition -- 2.2. Child protection - a social construction -- 2.3. The impact of differences in categorisation -- 2.4. Child protection processes in Australia -- 2.5. Notification -- 2.6. Child concern reports -- 2.7. Investigation -- 2.8. Substantiation -- 2.9. Types of abuse and neglect -- 2.10. Care and protection orders -- 2.11. Counting rules -- 2.12. Rates for care and protection orders -- ch. 3. Strategies to enhance comparability -- 3.1. Overview -- 3.2. Generic reporting format -- 3.3. Enhancing the collection -- 3.4. Other strategies to enhance comparability -- 3.5. Information on services -- 3.6. Barriers to comparability -- 3.7. Legislative and policy changes -- ch. 4. Summary and conclusions -- 4.1. Comparability of child protection data -- 4.2. Comparability of care and protection orders data -- 4.3. Options to improve comparability
Summary In Australia, child protection is a State and Territory responsibility carried out by the respective community services departments. National data on the child protection activities of departments are collated by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and published annually as the Child Welfare Series. Currently national child protection data comprise: child abuse and neglect notifications, investigations and substantiations; children on care and protection orders; and children in supported out-of-home overnight care. Those familiar with the national data collection have been concerned for some time about the comparability of child protection data across Australia. As a result the National Child Protection and Support Services (NCPASS) Data Group commissioned this study to explore in detail the comparability across the States and Territories of child abuse and neglect data and of care and protection orders data. Comparability of national data is critical to the benchmarking of service outputs, outcomes and key performance indicators. It is also crucial in national reporting on child protection services. The Comparability of Child Protection Data Project used a combination of document analysis and interviews with key personnel to examine the comparability of child protection data Australia-wide
Analysis Child abuse
Child welfare
Data collection
Federal issue
State issue
Statistical techniques
Welfare organisations
Notes "Catalogue no. CWS no. 9"
Bibliography Bibliography: page 80
Notes Also available on the Internet at:
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 1999
Subject Child welfare -- Australia -- Statistical methods.
Author Cant, Rosemary
Downie, Rick
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
LC no. 2001326503
ISBN 1740240316