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Child protection notification—course of action, code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termNotification course of action
Synonymous names:Help on this termNotification assessment decision
METeOR identifier:Help on this term455327
Registration status:Help on this termChildren and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Recorded 19/08/2011 [Non DictionaryHelp on this term]
Definition:Help on this term

A determined course of action in response to a child protection notification, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Child protection notification—course of action

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Investigation required and commenced
2Investigation required but not yet commenced
3Other intervention required
4No further action/no issue
5Advice/referral to another agency required
6Assessment decision in process

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

CODE 1 Investigation required and commenced

Where there are significant concerns regarding harm or risk of harm to warrant an investigatory response, and the investigation commenced within the reference period. An investigation is the process whereby the Department responsible for child protection seeks to obtain more detailed information about a child who is the subject of a notification and makes an assessment about the harm or degree of harm to the child and their protective needs. An investigation includes the interviewing or sighting of the subject child where it is practicable to do so.

CODE 2 Investigation required but not yet commenced

Where there are significant concerns regarding harm or risk of harm to warrant an investigatory response but the investigation has not commenced at the end of the reference period.

CODE 3 Other intervention required

This is where there is a low risk of harm and a non-investigatory response is required. This may include: where low level harm or risk of harm has occurred and immediate assistance is given and recorded; where the family needs are still assessed and a case plan is developed; where children are assessed as low risk but still in need; where there are parenting issues or one-off incidents; and where the notification is referred to another section of the Department responsible for child protection because the Department is already working with the child.

CODE 4 No further action/no issue

This category includes notifications to the department where there are concerns about children but there is no risk of harm/actual harm and no departmental action is required. This may include notifications that: are police initiated but there are no care and protection issues, the family has moved interstate; the notification is historical in nature and there is no longer contact between the parties; where it is from the family court and the department is already involved.

CODE 5 Advice/referral to another agency required

This category includes referrals outside the jurisdictions’ child protection section. This can include other sections within the Department responsible for child protection and child protection services in other jurisdictions. It can also include brief advice and telephone counselling.

CODE 6 Assessment decision in process

This category is to be used for notifications for which an assessment decision has not been made at the end of the reference period.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Steward:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This data element is used to determine the course of action on the level of intervention that the department responsible for child protection should provide in relation to a child who is the subject of a child protection notification.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Steward:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Origin:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2013. Child protection national minimum data set, data collection manual 2012-13. Canberra: AIHW.

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Child protection notification—assessment decision type, code N Community Services (retired), Standard 30/04/2008

See also Child protection notification—course of action decision date, DDMMYYYY Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016, Community Services (retired), Recorded 19/08/2011

See also Child protection notification—investigation status, code N[N] Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016, Community Services (retired), Recorded 19/08/2011

See also Child protection notification—notification date, DDMMYYYY Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016, Community Services (retired), Recorded 19/08/2011

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
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Notifications, investigations, and substantiations (NIS) file cluster Children and Families, Superseded 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Recorded 09/10/2014

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Notifications, investigations, and substantiations (NIS) file cluster Children and Families, Superseded 22/11/2016

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Notifications, investigations, and substantiations (NIS) file cluster Children and Families, Superseded 22/11/2016

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Notifications, investigations, and substantiations (NIS) file cluster Children and Families, Superseded 20/04/2018

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Notifications, investigations, and substantiations (NIS) file cluster Children and Families, Standard 20/04/2018

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