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Child—primary type of abuse or neglect, code N[N]

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termPrimary type of abuse or neglect (child protection)
Synonymous names:Help on this termSubstantiated primary type of abuse
METeOR identifier:Help on this term455487
Registration status:Help on this termChildren and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Recorded 19/08/2011 [Non DictionaryHelp on this term]
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The most serious type of abuse or neglect that has caused, or is likely to cause, injury or harm to a child, as represented by a code.

Data element concept attributes

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Data element concept:Child—primary type of abuse or neglect
METeOR identifier:Help on this term455464
Registration status:Help on this termChildren and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Recorded 19/08/2011
Definition:Help on this term

The most serious type of abuse or neglect that has caused, or is likely to cause, injury or harm to a child.

Object class:Help on this termChild
Property:Help on this termPrimary type of abuse or neglect

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

Value domain attributes

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Value domain:Child abuse or neglect type code N[N]
METeOR identifier:Help on this term455468
Registration status:Help on this termChildren and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Recorded 19/08/2011
Definition:Help on this term

A code set representing types of abuse or neglect towards a child.

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
1Physical abuse
2Sexual abuse
3Emotional abuse
4Neglect
Supplementary values:Help on this term
97Not applicable
99Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

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CODE 1   Physical abuse

Any non-accidental physical act inflicted upon a child by a person having the care of a child.

CODE 2   Sexual abuse

Any act by a person having the care of the child which exposes a child to, or involves a child in, sexual processes beyond his or her understanding or contrary to accepted community standards.

CODE 3   Emotional abuse

Any act by a person having the care of a child that results in the child suffering any kind of significant emotional deprivation or trauma.

CODE 4   Neglect

Any serious omissions or commissions by a person having the care of a child which, within the bounds of cultural tradition, constitute a failure to provide conditions which are essential for the healthy, physical and emotional development of a child.

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These categories may be used in different ways by different jurisdictions, depending on the state or territories' own definitions, policies and practices. In addition, a child subject to abuse and neglect may be subject to more than one type of abuse and neglect (for example, sexual abuse is often also associated with emotional abuse).

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 item refers to the most serious type of actions or inactions, as determined by the investigating officer, which have resulted in, or are likely to result in, significant harm or injury to a child.

Where more than one type of abuse or neglect or harm has occurred, this data element refers to the type most likely to be the most severe in the short term or most likely to place the child at risk in the short term, or if such an assessment is not possible, the most obvious form of abuse or neglect.

Collection methods:Help on this term

Codes 1-4 or 99 'Not stated/ inadequately described' should only be used for records with a code 1 'Substantiated' for Child protection notification—investigation status, code N[N].

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National data do not distinguish between substantiations for actual harm and those for risk of future harm.

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.

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

Supersedes Child—abuse and neglect type, code N Community Services (retired), Standard 01/03/2005

See also Child—other 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
All attributes +

Notifications, investigations, and substantiations (NIS) file cluster Children and Families, Superseded 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Recorded 09/10/2014

DSS specific attributes +

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

DSS specific attributes +

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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