Child protection notification—finalised investigation outcome indicator, code N
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Finalised investigation outcome indicator (Child protection notification)|
|Synonymous names:||Substantiated finalised investigation outcome status (Child protection notification)|
|Registration status:||Community Services (retired), Standard 30/04/2008 [Non Dictionary]|
Whether the outcome decision of a finalised investigation is substantiated, as represented by a code.
|Data Element Concept:||Child protection notification—finalised investigation outcome indicator|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||1|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
This data element should only be reported in relation to child protection investigations that have been finalised
CODE 1 Yes
A finalised investigation is classified as 'substantiated' where there is reasonable cause to believe that the child has been, is being or is likely to be abused or neglected or otherwise harmed. Substantiation does not necessarily require sufficient evidence for a successful prosecution and does not imply that treatment or case management was, or is to be, provided.
CODE 2 No
A finalised investigation is classified as 'not substantiated' where an investigation has concluded that there is no reasonable cause to suspect prior, current or future abuse or neglect or harm to the child.
The outcome should be recorded once the assessment has been completed and a decision has been made as to whether a child has been, is being or is likely to be abused, neglected or otherwise harmed.This does not include cases where the investigation is still in progress.
|Comments:||This is important to measure the proportion of investigations that are substantiated. It is also important to determine the outcomes of children who are in contact with community services departments.|
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:|
See also Child protection notification—investigation outcome, code N Community Services (retired), Standard 30/04/2008
Has been superseded by Child protection notification—investigation status, code N[N] Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016, Community Services (retired), Recorded 19/08/2011
|Implementation in Data Set Specifications:|
Child protection and support services (CPSS) - notifications, investigations, and substantiations NMDS pilot (2008) Community Services (retired), Retired 06/02/2012