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Person—relationship to the presenting unit head, code N[N]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termRelationship to presenting unit head
METeOR identifier:Help on this term401608
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Standard 23/08/2010
Homelessness, Standard 23/08/2010
Definition:Help on this termThe relationship of a person within the presenting unit to the presenting unit head, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Person—relationship to the presenting unit head

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termN[N]
Maximum character length:Help on this term2
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Self
2Spouse/partner
3Parent/Guardian
4Child
5Step child
6Foster child
7Sibling
8Aunt or uncle
9Niece or nephew
10Grandparent
11Grandchild
12Other relative
13Unrelated person
14Unrelated flatmate or co-tenant
15Other relationship
Supplementary values:Help on this term
99Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

CODE 1 Self

This code is selected if one person presents

CODE 2 Spouse/partner

This code is selected if a person has a relationship to the presenting unit head akin to a 'married' or 'partner' relationship. This includes same sex couples. 

CODE 3 Parent/Guardian

This code is selected if the person is the parent or guardian of the presenting unit head. 

CODE 4 Child

This code is selected if the person is natural or adopted child of the presenting unit head.

CODE 5 Step Child

This code is selected if the person is the step child of the presenting unit head.

CODE 6 Foster child

This code is selected if the person is the foster child of the presenting unit head.

CODE 7 Sibling

This code is selected if the person is either the brother or sister of the presenting unit head.

CODE 8 Aunt or Uncle

This code is selected if the person is either the aunt or uncle of the presenting unit head.

CODE 9 Niece or nephew

This code is selected if the person is either the niece or nephew of the presenting unit head.

CODE 10 Grandparent

This code is selected if the person is a grandparent of the presenting unit head.

CODE 11 Grandchild

This code is selected if the person is the grandchild of the presenting unit head.

CODE 12 Other relative

This code is selected if the person is a more distant relative to the presenting unit head, e.g. cousin, second cousin etc.

CODE 13 Unrelated person

This code is selected if the person accompanying the presenting unit head is not related to them. This would include those people who are friends of the person.

CODE 14 Unrelated flatmate or co-tenant

This code is selected if the person is either a flatmate or co-tenant with the presenting unit head.

CODE 15 Other relationship

This code is selected if the person has another type of relationship to the presenting unit head that has not been described above.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This question is asked of the presenting unit head. It captures the relationship of the unit head to others with whom he/she is presenting.

If 'Other relative' is nominated ask what the relationship is and record it. This will enable coding of the relationship to the classification.

The standard question module for self-completed collections consists of two questions.

The presenting unit head is identified via the relationships within the presenting unit. If there is a child(ren) present (under 18 years old), the presenting unit head is the spokesperson which is:

  • The parent/guardian representing any child(ren) (under 18 years old), or If there is no parent/guardian, present the most direct relationship representing any child(ren) (under 18 years old). 
  • If two siblings presented to an agency the presenting unit head would be the one that was regarded as the spokesperson for the two.

If there are no child(ren) present (under 18 years old), the presenting unit head is the spokesperson who is:

  • The spouse/partner of another person within the presenting unit, or
  • Is related in some way to another person within the presenting unit.

Obtaining this information does not require a response for the presenting unit head. For each subsequent person, the respondent is required to fill in the appropriate tick box in response to the above instruction. The set of response categories for Person 2 differs from those used for Person 3 and onwards, depending on their relationship to the presenting unit head.

Collection methods:Help on this term

The permissible values for this data element are used to form the response categories to the question:

'Which category best describes your relationship to the presenting unit head?'

What is person's 1 relationship to Person 2?

Person 1 (Presenting unit head)

Self once identified - see Guide for Use guidelines.

Person 2

Spouse/partner of Person 1

Parent of Person 1

Child of Person 1

Step-child of Person 1

Foster child of Person 1

Sibling of Person 1

Aunt or uncle of Person 1

Niece or nephew of Person 1

Grandparent of Person 1

Grandchild of Person 1

Other relative of Person 1 please specify

Unrelated flatmate or co-tenant of Person 1

Other relationship to Person 1 please specify

Questions used for person 2 are repeated for each person within the presenting unit.

Relational attributes

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
All attributes +

Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2011 Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013
Homelessness, Superseded 01/05/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2012-13 Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013
Homelessness, Superseded 01/05/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2013-14 Housing assistance, Standard 01/05/2013
Homelessness, Standard 01/05/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2014-15 Homelessness, Standard 30/06/2014

DSS specific attributes +
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