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Living arrangements for children under care (LA) file cluster

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term688441
Registration status:Help on this termChildren and Families, Standard 20/04/2018
DSS type:Help on this termData Element Cluster
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The Living arrangements for children under care (LA) file cluster contains information about the living arrangements recorded during the reference period for children under the care of a Department responsible for child protection (i.e. children on orders who were not in funded out-of-home care and children in funded out-of-home care placements regardless of whether they were on an order).

Collection and usage attributes

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For this file a person is a child or young person aged less than 18 years.

Funded out-of-home care placements are defined as out-of-home overnight care for children aged less than 18 years, where the state makes a financial payment or where a financial payment has been offered but has been declined by the carer. This includes placements with relatives (other than parents) where the state makes a financial payment or where a financial payment has been offered but has been declined by the carer. It should be noted that children in funded ‘out-of-home care’ include children in both legal and voluntary placements and placements made for the purpose of providing respite for parents/carers. Children who enter and exit a funded out-of-home care placement on the same day are excluded. Placements solely funded by disability services, psychiatric services, specialist homelessness services, juvenile justice facilities, or overnight child care services are also excluded.

 

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Note that a client may appear more than once in this file. Each change in living arrangement a child has will be a new line in the file, delineated by a start and end date. Changes in living arrangement include: a change in the type of living arrangement (e.g. from home-based to a facility-based placement); or within living arrangement types, a change in the venue (e.g. a change from one home-based placement to a different home-based placement).

However, short breaks in out-of-home care placements (not for the purpose of respite) whereby the child is not at their usual place of residence but the intention is for the child to return to their prior living arrangement (i.e. their room and most of their substantial possessions remain in the original home environment) should not be recorded as a new living arrangement in the file. These breaks include: hospital admissions, periods of time spent in juvenile detention centres, holidays, school camps and excursions. However, any break of 60 days or more is deemed to be an exit from out-of-home care.

For family group homes, if the carers leave the home for more than 14 days at a time (e.g. annual leave), this should be recorded as a new living arrangement in the file.

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2015
Implementation end date:Help on this term30/06/2017
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Data are extracted as at 31 August. The 2016–17 reporting period is the main collection period. Data for 2015–16 are also collected to allow specific calculations to be undertaken.

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
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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2017. Child protection national minimum data set, data collection manual 2016-17. Canberra: AIHW.

Relational attributes

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

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Child protection NMDS 2016-17 Children and Families, Standard 20/04/2018

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Seq No.Help on this termMetadata itemHelp on this term ObligationHelp on this term Max occursHelp on this term
1Person—person identifier, child protection NX[X(11)]Mandatory1
2Service event—living arrangement start date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
3Address—suburb/town/locality name, text X[X(45)]Mandatory1
4Address—Australian postcode, Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN}Mandatory1
5Address—statistical area, level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2011) N(9)Mandatory1
6Service event—financial payment indicator, out-of-home care code N[N]Mandatory1
7Service event—living arrangement type, child under care code N[N]Mandatory1
8Service event—respite placement indicator, yes/no/not applicable/not stated/inadequately described code NConditional1
9Person—relationship of carer to child, code N[N]Mandatory1
10Service event—Indigenous agency placement indicator, yes/no/not applicable/not stated/inadequately described code NConditional1
11Carer household—caregiver type, Indigenous child caregiver code N[N]Conditional1
12Carer household—household identifier, child protection identifier NX[X(11)]Mandatory1
13Service event—living arrangement end date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
14Service episode—episode start date, DDMMYYYYConditional1
15Service episode—funded out-of-home care placement, number N[NN]Conditional1
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