Of children receiving child protection services in 2017–18, 105,000 were the subject of an investigation (19.0 per 1,000), 67,200 were on a care and protection order (12.2 per 1,000) and 55,300 were in out-of-home care (10.0 per 1,000) (Figure 1).
Children may receive a combination of child protection services meaning that links and overlaps exist between the data collections for notification, investigation and substantiation; care and protection orders; and out-of-home care.
Over half (56%) of children receiving child protection services during 2017–18 were subject only to an investigation (that is, they were not subsequently placed on an order or in out-of-home care) and 7% of children were involved in all 3 components of the system (Figure 2.2).
Figure 2: Children receiving child protection services by components of service received, 2017–18
Source: Child protection Australia 2017–18 Figure 2.2, Table S1