The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Indicators 2018–19: Indicator 2.3 Indigenous children who were reunified
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Indicator 2.3 Indigenous children who were reunified|
Children and Families, Standard 03/03/2021
The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 0–17 in out-of-home care who were reunified during the reporting period.
|Data quality statement:||Child Protection National Minimum Dataset, 2018–19 Data Quality Statement|
AIHW Data Quality Statements, Standard 03/03/2020
Collection and usage attributes
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100 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator)
The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care who were reunified during the reporting period, excluding children on long-term guardianship or custody orders for the whole of the reporting period, who were aged 0–17 at the time of reunification.
|Numerator data elements:|
The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care during the reporting period, excluding children on long-term guardianship or custody orders for the whole of the reporting period, who were aged 0-17 years at the end of the reporting period or at the end of their latest episode of care.
|Denominator data elements:|
2016–17 to 2018–19
By state and territory and:
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Comparability with similar reporting
ATSICPP Indicator 2.3 is derived using the same methodology as the Permanency Outcomes Performance Framework Indicator 1.3 (AIHW 2020a).
Other than the focus of ATSICPP Indicator 2.3 being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children rather than all children, the other key differences between the indicators relate to which disaggregations are reported. ATSICPP Indicator 2.3 includes Indigenous status disaggregations and rate ratios in data tables. Permanency Indicator 1.3 reports additional disaggregations by age and time in out-of-home care.
For additional details and background on the method and development of this indicator, see Child protection Australia 2018–19 Appendixes B–G (AIHW 2020a).
Exclusion of children on long-term guardianship or custody orders
Although some children are reunified from long-term orders, reunification is generally not a priority for these children; children on these orders are therefore not included in the numerator or denominator for this indicator.
There is no nationally agreed definition of reunifications. As such, comparison of reunification data across jurisdictions should acknowledge that reporting of reunification is based on local definitions.
This indicator includes all children who were reunified during the reporting period regardless of whether the reunification was successful and/or the number of reunification events. It includes children who self-reunify and for whom the reunification is subsequently endorsed by the department.
Although this indicator is a proxy for reunification rates, it does not take into consideration time spent in care—children who enter care at the end of the reporting period will be counted with the same weight in the denominator as children who have been in care for the entire period.
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Data source attributes
Fourth Action Plan under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW)
Source and reference attributes
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Has been superseded by The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Indicators 2019–20: Indicator 2.3 Indigenous children who were reunified
Children and Families, Qualified 20/10/2021