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Abuse in care

748916 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
In the context of the Australian child protection systems in operation in each state and territory, abuse in care refers to instances of abuse of children in out-of-home care, on third party parental orders, or on other orders that transfer full or partial parental responsibility for the child to an authority of the State. It can involve physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. Abuse in care includes instances where the person held responsible is: a) the approved carer b) anoth...
Standard: Children and Families

Ad-hoc adoption

749048 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
An intercountry adoption from a country with which Australia did not have an existing intercountry adoption program at the time the file of the applicant(s) was sent.
Standard: Children and Families

Adoption

327208 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
Adoption is the legal process by which a person legally becomes a child of the adoptive parents and legally ceases to be a child of his/her existing parents.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Indigenous, Disability, Children and Families

Adoptive parent

749050 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A person who has become the parent of a child or adult as the result of an adoption order.
Standard: Children and Families

Applicant (adoption)

749052 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A married couple, a de facto couple or a single person. The method by which the applicant becomes an official client will vary for each jurisdiction, and might be when the department first opens a file, when the applicant registers, or when the applicant is invited to attend an information session. For the purpose of this report, applicants who are already a client of the department, but are applying to adopt a subsequent child, or reapplying to adopt, are counted as applicants applying for the ...
Standard: Children and Families

Approved carer

742264 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An approved carer is anyone authorised under a relevant state of territory legislation, including third party parental orders, to have full or partial parental responsibility and/or care responsibility for a child or young person. For children or young people placed in out-of-home care this includes carers: who have undergone the relevant screening/selection and approval process; and who have received authorisation from the relevant department or agency to enable a child or young person to be...
Standard: Children and Families

Bilateral adoption

749072 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An intercountry adoption where Australia had an official adoption program open with the adoptive child’s country of origin at the time the file of the applicant(s) was sent.
Standard: Children and Families

Case plan (Out-of-Home Care)

532565 | Glossary Item | Research, Evaluation and Data Working Group (REDWG).
A case plan is an individualised, dynamic written plan or a support agreement that includes information on the circumstances explaining why the child is considered to be in need of protection, the goal of ongoing intervention and outcomes and actions required to achieve the goals. A case plan is usually developed between the person and agency as a result of an assessment process and usually includes: Goals and objectives; Planned measures/actions; Needs assessment (including: hea...
Standard: Children and Families

Country of origin (adoption)

749054 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The country of habitual residence of the child being adopted. This will generally be the country of birth of a child.
Standard: Children and Families

Cultural support plan (out-of-home care)

532574 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A cultural support plan is an individualised, dynamic written plan or a support agreement that aims to develop or maintain children or young people’s cultural identity through connection to family, community and culture. Cultural support plans help to ensure that planning and decision–making are culturally appropriate and in the best interests of the child. A cultural support plan is usually developed between the person and the agency in consultation with members of the cultural community (or re...
Standard: Children and Families

Disability

695181 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Disability is the umbrella term for any or all of: an impairment of body structure or function, a limitation in activities, or a restriction in participation. Disability is a multi-dimensional and complex concept and is conceived as a dynamic interaction between health conditions and environmental and personal factors (WHO 2001:6).
Standard: Health, Disability, Children and Families

Disability (Child protection)

748838 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Disability is the umbrella term for any or all of: an impairment of body structure or function, a limitation in activities, or a restriction in participation. Disability is a multidimensional concept, and is considered as an interaction between health conditions and environment and personal factors. It refers to a limitation, restriction or impairment which has lasted, or is likely to last for at least six months and restricts every day activities.
Standard: Children and Families

Expatriate adoption

749056 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A specific type of adoption that occurs when an Australian citizen or permanent resident living abroad for 12 months or more adopts a child through an overseas agency or government authority. Australian adoption authorities are not responsible for expatriate adoptions, and do not assess or approve applicants for such adoptions.
Standard: Children and Families

Family

351499 | Glossary Item
Two or more people related by blood, marriage (registered or de facto), adoption, step or fostering who may or may not live together.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Indigenous, Disability, Children and Families

Finalised adoption

749075 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An adoption order that was completed during the reporting period. This includes orders that were made in Australia, and, in the case of some intercountry adoptions, where the full adoption order was made in the country of origin. The way in which an adoption is finalised depends on the process used in the country of origin and the procedures of the state or territory department responsible for adoption in Australia.
Standard: Children and Families

Geographic indicator

722655 | Glossary Item
A classification scheme that divides an area into mutually exclusive sub-areas based on geographic location.
Standard: Health, Indigenous, Children and Families, Youth Justice

Hague adoption

749077 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An intercountry adoption where the adoptive child’s country of origin has ratified or acceded to the Hague Convention, and the file of the applicant(s) was sent after the Hague Convention entered into force in that country.
Standard: Children and Families

Hague Convention

749098 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A convention—specifically, the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption—that establishes standards and procedures for adoptions between countries. The Hague Convention includes legally binding safeguards and a system of supervision, and establishes channels of communication between countries. It came into force in Australia on 1 December 1998.
Standard: Children and Families

Household

465183 | Glossary Item
A group of two or more related or unrelated people who usually reside in the same dwelling, and who make common provision for food or other essentials for living; or a single person living in a dwelling who makes provision for his or her own food and other essentials for living, without combining with any other person.
Standard: Housing assistance, Children and Families

Initial health check

532593 | Glossary Item | Research, Evaluation and Data Working Group (REDWG).
Initial health checks aim to ensure children and young people receive effective and coordinated health care upon entering the care of the Minister/Chief Executive. Checks are conducted by a health professional and aim to identify any significant health issues and any follow up treatment or specialist referrals required. Health professionals may conduct assessments across four domains: physical (e.g. health, nutrition, dental, vision and hearing); developmental; psychosocial; and mental health. T...
Standard: Children and Families

Intercountry adoption

749058 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Intercountry adoptions are adoptions of children from countries other than Australia, who are legally able to be placed for adoption but who generally have had no previous contact with the adoptive parent(s). There are four categories of intercountry adoptions: Hague adoption, bilateral adoption, known child intercountry adoption and ad-hoc adoption. These are classified as either 'program adoptions' (Hague or bilateral) or 'non-program adoptions' (known child or ad-hoc) according to whether the...
Standard: Children and Families

Investigation (child protection)

367345 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An investigation is the process whereby state and territory child protection and support services obtain more detailed information about a child who is subject of a notification and make assessment about the harm or degree of harm to the child and the child's protective needs. An investigation includes the interviewing or sighting of the subject child where it is practicable to do so.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Children and Families

Known child adoption

749082 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An adoption of a child/children who were born or permanently residing in Australia before the adoption, who have a pre-existing relationship with the adoptive parent(s) and who are generally not able to be adopted by anyone other than the adoptive parent(s). These types of adoptions are broken down into the following categories, depending on the child’s relationship to the adoptive parent(s): step-parent, relative(s), carer and other.
Standard: Children and Families

Known child intercountry adoption

749060 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A non-program intercountry adoption where the child and the applicant had a pre-existing relationship prior to the adoption that allowed the adoption to occur. Without this relationship, the child would not generally be able to be adopted by the applicant through an intercountry adoption process.
Standard: Children and Families

Leaving care plan (Out-of-Home Care)

532569 | Glossary Item | Research, Evaluation and Data Working Group (REDWG).
A leaving care plan (also called a transition from care plan) is developed in preparation for the young person exiting care into independent living. Leaving care plans are developed in agreement with the child/young person and usually include: Goals/objectives; Needs assessment including: accommodation, education/training, employment, health and living skills; Planned measures/actions; Family contact arrangements/relationship connections; Income support; and Post-care suppo...
Standard: Children and Families

Living in the household (Child protection)

748840 | Glossary Item
Persons (other than the approved carers) are deemed to be 'living in the household' if they permanently, usually or occasionally reside (or intended to reside) in the household or care facility. Such persons could include carers' partners, family members (e.g. siblings) or children in care in the same placement.
Standard: Children and Families

Local adoption

749062 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An adoption of a child/children born or permanently residing in Australia before the adoption who are legally able to be placed for adoption but who generally have had no previous contact or relationship with the adoptive parent(s).
Standard: Children and Families

Non-Hague adoption

749064 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An intercountry adoption where the Hague Convention had not entered into force in the adoptive child's country of origin before the file of the applicant(s) was sent.
Standard: Children and Families

Out-of-home care

735716 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Out-of-home care (OOHC) is overnight care for children aged under 18 who are unable to live with their families due to child safety concerns. This includes placements approved by the department responsible for child protection for which there is ongoing case management and financial payment (including where a financial payment has been offered but has been declined by the carer). Out-of-home care includes legal (court-ordered) and voluntary placements, as well as placements made for the purpose...
Standard: Children and Families

Person held responsible (Child protection)

749539 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
A person held responsible is someone assessed as being responsible for an abusive act (including acts of commission or omission). For instances of abuse of children in care, the person held responsible is someone who is an approved carer, another person living in the household or care facility (including other children), an employee of the responsible care service/agency or government department, or a person not living in the household (only where an approved carer or employee of the responsible...
Standard: Children and Families

Placement (adoption)

749066 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The act of placing a child or children with their adoptive family (that is, for intercountry adoption, the child enters Australia; for local adoption, the child is taken into the care of the prospective adoptive parent(s)) during the reporting period, regardless of the status of their adoption order.
Standard: Children and Families

Reunification

719243 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Reunification is a planned process of safely returning and enabling a child to remain at home with their birth parent(s), family, or former guardian after a period of time in care when it is in the child’s best interests to do so, and where it will safeguard the child’s long-term stability and permanency.
Standard: Children and Families

Step-parent

749068 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The non-biological parent who is the spouse of the child’s biological parent or previously adoptive parent. Foster parents are not included in this category.
Standard: Children and Families

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