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Child protection notification—investigation status, code N[N]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termInvestigation status (child protection)
Synonymous names:Help on this termInvestigation outcome
METeOR identifier:Help on this term455404
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

The status of an investigation into a child protection notification, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Child protection notification—investigation status

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN[N]
Maximum character length:Help on this term2
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Substantiated
2Not substantiated
3 Investigation in process
4Investigation closed - no outcome possible
Supplementary values:Help on this term
97Not applicable

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

CODE 1   Substantiated

An 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   Not substantiated

An 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.

CODE 3   Investigation in process

An investigation that is in process is a notification which was investigated, but where the investigation was not completed and an investigation outcome was not recorded by the end of the reference period.

CODE 4   Investigation closed - no outcome possible

An investigation that is closed with no outcome possible is a notification which was investigated, but where the investigation was not able to be finalised in order to reach the outcome of substantiated or not substantiated. These files would be closed for administrative purposes. This may happen, for example, in cases where the family has relocated.

CODE 97   Not applicable

No investigation was conducted.

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

Collection methods:Help on this term

The status of investigation should be recorded as at 31 August of the reference year.

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

Related metadata references:Help on this term

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

Supersedes Child protection notification—finalised investigation outcome indicator, code N Community Services (retired), Standard 30/04/2008

Supersedes Child protection notification—investigation outcome, code N Community Services (retired), Standard 30/04/2008

See also Child—primary type of abuse or neglect, 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
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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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