Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Relationship to child of source of notification (child protection notification)|
|Synonymous names:||Relationship to child|
|Registration status:||Community Services (retired), Standard 30/04/2008 [Non Dictionary]|
The personal or professional relationship to the child of the person who made the child protection notification to the relevant authority, as represented by a code.
|Data Element Concept:||Child protection notification—relationship to child of source of notification|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||2|
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
CODE 1 Subject child
Any person who contacts the department regarding a concern about themselves.
CODE 2 Parent/Guardian
A natural or substitute parent (spouse or natural parent, adoptive parent or spouse of an adoptive parent) who has an ongoing legal responsibility for the care and protection of a child.
CODE 3 Relative/kin carer
Includes family members (other than parents) or a person well know to the child and/or family (based on a pre-existing relationship) who has an ongoing legal responsibility for the care and protection of the child.
CODE 4 Foster carer
Person who has duty of care responsibility for the child and the care is authorised and carers are reimbursed by the state or territory and supported by an approved agency.
CODE 5 Other carer
Includes any other person who has an ongoing legal responsibility to care for the child that does not fit into categories 2-4, such as residential care workers.
CODE 6 Sibling
A natural (i.e. biological), adopted, foster, step-brother or sister.
CODE 7 Other relative/kin
Includes a grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin. The relationship can be full, half or step or through adoption. It also includes members of Indigenous communities who are accepted by that community as being related to the child. This does not include any relative/kin who have ongoing legal responsibility of the child.
CODE 8 Friend/neighbour
An unrelated person or acquaintance who is known to, or lives in close proximity to the subject child or their family, or to the person believed responsible for the abuse or neglect.
CODE 9 Police personnel
Any member of a Federal, state or territory law enforcement agency.
CODE 10 Medical practitioner
Includes only registered medical practitioners. This includes both general practitioners and specialists in hospitals or in the community.
CODE 11 Nurse
Includes registered and enrolled nurses and nurses aids.
CODE 12 Social welfare professionals
Includes social workers, welfare & community workers, counsellors and psychologists.
CODE 13 Other health professional
Includes dentists, pharmacists, and any health professional not covered in 10–12.
CODE 14 School personnel
Any appropriately trained person involved in the instruction or imparting of knowledge to children or providing direct support for this education. This includes teachers, teachers’ aides, school principals and who work in preschool, kindergarten, primary, secondary, technical, sporting or art and crafts education.
CODE 15 Child care worker
Any person engaged in providing occasional, part-time or full-time care for children.
CODE 16 Legal professional
Anyone qualified to practice law including judges, barristers, and solicitors.
CODE 17 Anonymous
All contacts received from a person who chooses not to provide their name
CODE 88 Other
All other persons or organisations not classified above (e.g. ministers of religion or government agencies and instrumentalities not classified above)
CODE 99 Not stated/inadequately described
Includes all contacts where the relationship of the person to the child was not recorded.
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:||This refers to the personal or professional capacity of the person who is making the contact. For example, if a person contacts the department as a concerned neighbour and in the conversation it becomes apparent that this person is a police officer, this person is still recorded as a neighbour, as they did not call in their capacity as a police officer.|
This item should be recorded at the time of the contact to the community services department. If a notification is made more than once about the same event, then only the first contact is recorded. Therefore, only the first person to notify about the event should be recorded.
Source and reference attributes
National Child Protection and Support Services data group (NCPASS).
|Origin:||Child protection and support services data dictionary. AIHW Version 1.0 Oct 2005.|
|Related metadata references:|
Has been superseded by Child protection notification—source of notification, code N[N] Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
|Implementation in Data Set Specifications:|
Child protection and support services (CPSS) - notifications, investigations, and substantiations NMDS (July 2007) Community Services (retired), Superseded 01/05/2008
Child protection and support services (CPSS) - notifications, investigations, and substantiations NMDS pilot (2008) Community Services (retired), Retired 06/02/2012