Overview

The early years of a child’s life provide the foundation for future heath, development and wellbeing. The transitions from childhood to adolescence to independent adulthood are also crucial periods for establishing positive health and social behaviours.

More reports and statistics on children & youth can be found under Adoption, Child protection, Mothers & babies and Youth justice

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Around 62,300 children aged 0–14 received specialist homelessness services in 2020–21

In 2019–20, almost 39,500 children aged 0–12 were the subject of a child protection substantiation

Between 2011 and 2019, the proportion of mothers smoking during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy fell from 13% to 9%

In 2019, police-recorded sexual assault was 9 times as high for females as males aged 15–24

Severe psychological distress among 18–24 year olds increased from 14% in February 2017 to 22% in April 2020

In February 2021, 11% of 15–24 year olds were not in education, employment or training; similar to February 2020

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