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Child protection notification—finalised investigation outcome indicator, code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termFinalised investigation outcome indicator (Child protection notification)
Synonymous names:Help on this termSubstantiated finalised investigation outcome status (Child protection notification)
METeOR identifier:Help on this term367312
Registration status:Help on this termCommunity Services (retired), Standard 30/04/2008 [Non DictionaryHelp on this term]
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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

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Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termBoolean
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
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Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This data element should only be reported in relation to child protection investigations that have been finalised
(Child protection notification—investigation status, code N = 1). Once an investigation is finalised an outcome is recorded in the system.

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.


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.

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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:Help on this termThis 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

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

National Child Protection and Support Services data group (NCPASS).

Origin:Help on this termChild protection and support services data dictionary. AIHW Version 1.0 Oct 2005.

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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:Help on this term

Child protection and support services (CPSS) - notifications, investigations, and substantiations NMDS pilot (2008) Community Services (retired), Retired 06/02/2012

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