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Child protection notification—source of notification, code N[N]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termSource of notification
Synonymous names:Help on this termSource of child protection notification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term655834
Registration status:Help on this termChildren and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Definition:Help on this term

The person who, or organisation that, made the initial child protection notification to the relevant authority, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Child protection notification—source of notification

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
1Subject child
2Parent/guardian
3Sibling/Other relative
4Friend/neighbour
5Medical practitioner
6Other health personnel
7Hospital/health centre
8Social worker
9School personnel
10Child care personnel
11Police
12Departmental officer
13Non-government organisation
14Anonymous
88Other
Supplementary values:Help on this term
99Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

CODE 1 Subject child

Any person who notifies the department regarding a concern about themselves.

CODE 2 Parent/guardian

A natural or substitute parent, spouse of a natural parent, adoptive parent or spouse of an adoptive parent or any other person who has an ongoing legal responsibility for the care and protection of a child.

CODE 3 Sibling/Other relative

Sibling includes a natural (i.e. biological), adopted, foster, step-brother or half-brother or sister.

Other relative includes a grandparent, aunt, uncle or cousin. The relationship can be full, half or step, or through adoption, and can be traced through, or to, a person whose parents were not married to each other at the time of his or her birth. This category also includes members of Indigenous communities who are accepted by that community as being related to the child.

CODE 4 Friend/neighbour

An unrelated person or acquaintance who is known to, or lives in close proximity to, the subject child or their family, or to the person believed responsible for the abuse or neglect.

CODE 5 Medical practitioner

This category includes only registered medical practitioners. This includes both general practitioners and specialists in hospitals or in the community.

CODE 6 Other health personnel

Any person engaged in supplementary, paramedical and/or ancillary medical services (for example, nurses, infant welfare sisters, dentists, radiographers, physiotherapists and pharmacists). It does not include social workers and non-medical hospital/health centre personnel.

CODE 7 Hospital/health centre

Any person not elsewhere classified who is employed at a public or private hospital or other health centre or clinic.

CODE 8 Social worker

Any person engaged in providing a social or welfare work service in the community.

CODE 9 School personnel

Any appropriately trained person involved in the instruction of, or imparting of knowledge to, children or providing direct support for this education. This includes teachers, teachers' aides, school principals and counsellors who work in preschool, kindergarten, primary, secondary, technical, sporting or art and crafts education.

CODE 10 Child care personnel

Any person engaged in providing occasional, part-time or full-time day care for children.

CODE 11 Police

Any member of a Commonwealth, state or territory law enforcement agency.

CODE 12 Departmental officer

Any person, not classified above, who is employed by a state or territory community services department.

CODE 13 Non-government organisation

Any non-government organisation not classified above that provides services to the community on a non-profit-making basis.

CODE 14 Anonymous

This category covers all those notifications received from a person who does not give his or her name.

CODE 88 Other

All other persons or organisations not classified above (e.g. ministers of religion or government agencies and instrumentalities not classified above).

CODE 99 Not stated/inadequately described

This category includes all reports that are received from an unknown source.

Collection methods:Help on this term

The categories for ‘Hospital/health centre', ‘Departmental officer’, ‘Non-government organisation’ and ‘Other’ should only be used for people that could not be elsewhere classified. For example, a medical practitioner employed at a public or private hospital should be recorded as a ‘Medical practitioner’ not as ‘Hospital/health centre'.

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 personal or professional capacity of the person who is making the notification. For example, if a person contacts the department as a concerned neighbour and in the conversation it becomes apparent that this person is a police officer, this person is still recorded as a neighbour, as they did not call in their capacity as a police officer.

The source of notification is classified according to the relationship to the child allegedly abused or neglected or harmed.

Collection methods:Help on this term

This item should be recorded at the time of the notification to the Department responsible for child protection. If a notification is made more than once about the same event, then only the first notification is recorded. Therefore, only the first person to notify about the event should be recorded.

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. AIHW: Canberra.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Child protection notification—relationship to child of source of notification, code N[N] Community Services (retired), Standard 30/04/2008

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

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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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