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Person—relationship of carer to child, code N[N]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termRelationship of carer to child
METeOR identifier:Help on this term652013
Registration status:Help on this termChildren and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Definition:Help on this term

The relationship a carer has to a child under their care, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Person—relationship of carer to child

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
1Grandparent
2Aunt or uncle
3Sibling
4Other relative
5Non-familial relationship
6Other Indigenous kinship relationship
88Other
Supplementary values:Help on this term
97Not applicable
99Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

CODE 1   Grandparent

The carer is the biological/step/adoptive grandparent (i.e. the parent of either of the child's parents) of the child placed in their care. This includes Indigenous kinship placements with grandparents.

CODE 2   Aunt or uncle

The carer is the biological/step/adoptive aunt or uncle (i.e. the sister or brother of either of the child's parents) of the child placed in their care. This includes Indigenous kinship placements with aunts/uncles.

Relatives beyond first aunt/uncle are excluded.

CODE 3   Sibling

The carer is the biological/step/adoptive sibling (i.e. sister or brother) of the child placed in their care. This includes Indigenous kinship placements with siblings.

CODE 4   Other relative

The carer is a biological/step/adoptive relative (excluding grandparent, aunt or uncle, or sibling) of the child placed in their care. This includes Indigenous kinship placements with other relatives.

CODE 5   Non-familial relationship

The carer has a pre-existing relationship with, but is not a biological/step/adoptive relative of, the child under their care. This includes Indigenous kinship placements with carers who have a non-familial relationship to the child under their care.

CODE 6   Other Indigenous kinship relationship

The carer is the Indigenous kin of the child under their care (i.e. is a member of an Indigenous community who is accepted by that community as being related to the child).

Code 6 excludes Indigenous kinship placements with grandparents, aunts/uncles, siblings, other relatives and carers with a non-familial relationship to the child. These are reported under the above categories.  

CODE 88   Other

Includes other relative/kinship relationships that do not fit into the above categories.

CODE 97   Not applicable

Should be recorded for non-relative and non-kin carers.

CODE 99   Not stated/inadequately described

Where the specific relationship of the relative/kin carer is unknown.

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.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This data element records the relationship between an authorised relative/kinship carer and a relative/kinship child placed in their care. The relationship can be full, half or step or through adoption.

For households containing more than one authorised relative/kinship carer, this should be recorded for one carer only. For the purposes of this collection, this carer may be identified by local definitions of 'primary' carer.

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

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
All attributes +

Living arrangements for children under care (LA) file cluster Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Recorded 10/10/2014

DSS specific attributes +

Living arrangements for children under care (LA) file cluster Children and Families, Superseded 22/11/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Living arrangements for children under care (LA) file cluster Children and Families, Superseded 22/11/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Living arrangements for children under care (LA) file cluster Children and Families, Superseded 20/04/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Living arrangements for children under care (LA) file cluster Children and Families, Superseded 20/01/2021

DSS specific attributes +

Living arrangements for children under care (LA) file cluster Children and Families, Superseded 20/01/2021

Living arrangements for children under care (LA) file cluster Children and Families, Standard 20/01/2021

Living arrangements for children under care (LA) file cluster Children and Families, Standardisation pending 27/09/2021

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