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Children may be in care due to abuse or neglect, or because their family is unable to care for them (for example, due to illness or incarceration). It is important that children in care have the opportunity to participate in decision-making about their lives.
This indicator uses results from a national survey of children in care; those whose care arrangements have been ordered through the Children’s Court, where parental responsibility for the child or young person has been transferred to the Minister/Chief Executive.
Children were asked about whether they could nominate an adult who cares about them. A question on non-adults was also included so that children who were unable to nominate an adult could identify a broader range of support sources. As an additional measure, children were also asked about their satisfaction with the amount of contact with their nominated person.
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The figure shows the proportion of children and young people aged 8-17 who are able to nominate at least one significant adult who cares about them and who they believe they will be able to depend upon throughout their childhood or young adulthood, 2015 and 2018. The proportion was 97.4% for 2018.
Source: AIHW Out-of-home care survey national dataset 2015 and 2018
Note: Categories are mutually exclusive. Only those children unable to nominate a ‘Significant adult’ are included in the ‘Significant non-adult’ category.
See the supplementary data tables for further information and footnotes about these data.
The information below provides technical specifications for the summary indicator data presented in the quick reference guide.
Data are sourced from a national survey of children in care. Further interpretive information for the indicators, and background information on the survey, is provided in the AIHW report The views of children and young people in out-of-home care: overview of indicator results from second national survey, 2018.
Children ‘in care’ are those who were residing in out-of-home care (including foster care, relative/kinship care, family group homes, residential care and independent living), whose care arrangements had been ordered by the relevant Children’s Court and where the parental responsibility for the child had been transferred to the Minister or Chief Executive, and who had been on a relevant court order for three months or more. Please note that the titles of the relevant ‘Children’s Courts’ may vary across states/territories.
Children aged 8-17 years were asked the question ‘Do you have an adult who cares about what happens to you now and in the future?’ The question had two response categories: Yes and No. If the child responded ‘No’ they were asked ‘Do you have someone else (who is not an adult) who cares about what happens to you now and in the future?’ The question had two response categories: Yes and No.
The numerator includes children who reported ‘Yes’ to the question.
The numerator and denominator exclude children with a ‘not stated’ response to the questions.
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