Substantiated notifications of abuse and/or neglect

Children aged under 18 who experience abuse and/or neglect may have contact with the child protection system. The substantiation of a child protection notification is the conclusion (following an investigation) that there was reasonable cause to believe a child had been, was being, or was likely to be abused, neglected, or otherwise harmed. Data on substantiated notifications (substantiations) of abuse and/or neglect, including those perpetrated by family members, are drawn from the AIHW Child Protection National Minimum Data Set (CP NMDS).

The visualisation below shows the number and rate (number per 1,000) of children who were the subject of substantiations of abuse and/or neglect from 2018-19 to 2020-21 by sex.

Children who were the subject of substantiations, by sex 2018–19 to 2020–21

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Source data: Substantiated notifications of abuse and/or neglect tables

The visualisation below shows the number and rate (number per 1,000) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were the subject of substantiations of abuse and/or neglect from 2018-19 to 2020-21.

Indigenous children who were the subject of substantiations, 2018–19 to 2020–21

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Population groups

Examining population groups with higher proportions of substantiated notifications of abuse and/or neglect can help to identify those groups that may benefit from more targeted programs and services.

The following visualisation allows users to view the number and rate (number per 1,000 children), of children who were the subject of substantiations of abuse and/or neglect by select population groups.

Children who were the subject of substantiations, for select population groups 2020–21

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The following visualisation shows the number and proportion of children who were the subject of substantiations of abuse and/or neglect by primary type of abuse.

Children who were the subject of substantiations, by primary type of abuse and neglect, by sex 2020–21

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