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Child protection and support services (CPSS) - out-of-home care NMDS pilot (2008)

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term367283
Registration status:Help on this termCommunity Services (retired), Retired 06/02/2012
DSS type:Help on this termNational Minimum Data Set (NMDS)
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The Child Protection and Support Services National Minimum Data Set (CPSS NMDS) is designed to capture information on all children and young people involved in the child protection systems throughout Australia.

There are three collections within the CPSS NMDS, all of which are unit record data. The first is the child protection specific data, which includes contacts, notifications, substantiations and services provided. The second is data on children who are on care and protection orders. The third is data on children in out-of-home care.

Out-of-home care data collection

All children or young people who were in out-of-home care at 1 July of the collection year should be included. The child's history in out-of-home care should be included, provided that there is a break of no more than 2 months between placements. All children who were placed in out-of-home care during the collection period should also be included.

An episode is the period of time that a child is in an out-of-home care placement organised by the child protection authority (or their delegate) and/or where the child is being case managed by the authority, and the placement was made for child protection reasons. The child may or may not be on an order.

The concept of an episode or placement is crucial to the collection of information about children in out-of-home care. It provides information about the flows into and out of out-of-home care, and it also provides for the calculation of length of time a child spends in out-of-home care. It is also essential to determine the number of different placements and carers that a child has throughout their time spent in out-of-home care.

Collection and usage attributes

Statistical unit:Help on this termUnit record data.
Guide for use:Help on this term

In this collection, only placements where the State makes a financial payment are counted. This includes placements with relatives other than parents, foster care, other home-based care, residential care and independent living. It does not include placements made in disability services, psychiatric services, juvenile justice facilities, SAAP services or overnight child care services.

It includes all children in both legal and voluntary placements, i.e. children who are on a legal order and children who are not on a legal order.

An episode/placement is always defined by an entry date and an exit date. Each placement the child has is counted. This includes when a child moves from one type of care to another e.g. foster care to residential care, and within types of care e.g. from one relative to another relative.

Comments:Help on this termThe implementation of the unit record data collections across all jurisdictions has not been finalised. Further results from the pilot testing and current aggregate data collections will be investigated prior to completion of a revised NMDS.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termNational Child Protection and Support Services data group.
Steward:Help on this termNational Community Services Information Management Group (NCSIMG)
Origin:Help on this termChild protection and support services out-of-home care data dictionary. AIHW Version 1.0 Oct 2005.
Reference documents:Help on this termChild Protection and Support Services National Minimum Data Set Data Collection manual. AIHW Sept 2005.

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Child protection and support services (CPSS) - out-of-home care NMDS (July 2007) Community Services (retired), Superseded 01/05/2008

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-Child protection and support services (CPSS) case worker clusterMandatory99
-Child protection and support services (CPSS) client clusterMandatory1
-Child protection and support services (CPSS) sibling clusterOptional99
-Client—case plan review date, DDMMYYYYConditional1
-Client—initial case plan date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Person (address)—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN}Mandatory1
-Person (address)—suburb/town/locality name, text A[A(49)]Mandatory1
-Person—Indigenous status, code NMandatory1
-Person—person identifier, (child protection and support services) NX[X(13)]Mandatory1
-Service episode—care and protection order status, out-of-home care code NConditional1
-Service episode—episode end date, DDMMYYYYConditional1
-Service episode—episode start date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Service episode—financial payment indicator, out-of-home placement code NMandatory1
-Service episode—juvenile justice/adult correctional order indicator, code NMandatory1
-Service episode—legal order indicator, out-of-home care, code NMandatory1
-Service episode—placement type, out-of-home care code NMandatory1
-Service episode—service cessation reason, out-of-home care placement code N[N]Conditional1
-Service provider organisation—organisation identifier (out-of-home care), NX[X(13)]Mandatory1
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