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National out-of-home care standards (NOOHCS) file cluster

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term688447
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 National Out-of-Home Care Standards (NOOHCS) file cluster is used to collect information for reporting against measures under the National Standards for Out-of-Home Care. These measures are reported for children and young people aged less than 18 years whose care arrangements were ordered through the Children’s Court, where parental responsibility for the child or young person was transferred to the Minister/Chief Executive. The scope for the National Out-of-Home Care Standards includes children and young people who were residing in out-of-home care arrangements, Specialist Homelessness Services, disability facilities, juvenile detention, were self-placed or homeless.

Collection and usage attributes

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For this file a person is a child or young person aged less than 18 years. This may also include children who turn 18 in the reference period.

Note: the population used for the National Out-of-Home Care Standards measures may differ; as such, the individual data items may also have different populations (e.g. children in scope on the night of 30 June; children admitted to the care of the Chief/Executive during a reporting period).

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Each child that was in scope during the reporting period will appear once as a new line in the file. This will enable a unique count of children who were in scope at any given point during the reference period.

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
Origin:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2016. Child protection national minimum data set, data collection manual 2015–16. Canberra: AIHW.

FaHCSIA (Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) 2011. An outline of national standards for out-of-home care: A priority project under the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009–2020. Canberra: FaHCSIA.

Reference documents:Help on this term

AIHW 2016. Child protection Australia 2014–15. Child welfare series no. 63. Cat. no. CWS 57. Canberra: AIHW.

Relational attributes

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Supersedes National out-of-home care standards (NOOHCS) 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
2Child—case plan required indicator, yes/no/not applicable/not stated/inadequately described code NMandatory1
3Child—current case plan indicator, yes/no/not applicable/not stated/inadequately described code NMandatory1
4Child—cultural support plan required indicator, yes/no/not applicable/not stated/inadequately described code NMandatory1
5Child—current cultural support plan indicator, yes/no/not applicable/not stated/inadequately described code NMandatory1
6Child—leaving care plan required indicator, yes/no/not applicable/not stated/inadequately described code NMandatory1
7Child—current leaving care plan indicator, yes/no/not applicable/not stated/inadequately described code NMandatory1
8Child—initial health check required indicator, yes/no/not applicable/not stated/inadequately described code NMandatory1
9Child—initial health check conducted indicator, yes/no/not applicable/not stated/inadequately described code NMandatory1
10Child—permanent care arrangement status, type code N[N]Mandatory1
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