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Service event—living arrangement type, child under care code N[N]

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termLiving arrangement type
METeOR identifier:Help on this term689331
Registration status:Help on this termChildren and Families, Standard 20/04/2018
Definition:Help on this term

The type of living arrangement a person under the care of a department responsible for child protection resides, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Service event—living arrangement type

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
1Residential care
2Family group home
3Relatives/kin who are reimbursed
4Foster care
5Other home-based care (reimbursed)
6Relatives/kin who are not reimbursed
7Independent living
8Parents
9Detention
11Third-party parental responsibility care arrangement—foster carer
12Third-party parental responsibility care arrangement—relative/kinship carer
13Third-party parental responsibility care arrangement—other/unknown
88Other living arrangements
Supplementary values:Help on this term
99Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

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CODE 1   Residential care

Where the placement is in a residential building whose purpose is to provide placements for children and where there are paid staff.

CODE 2   Family group home

Family group homes provide care to children in departmentally or community sector agency provided homes. These homes have live-in, non-salaried carers who are reimbursed and/or subsidised for  the provision of care.

CODE 3   Relatives/kin who are reimbursed

Where the caregiver is a relative (other than parents), considered to be family or a close friend, or is a member of the child or young person's community (in accordance with their culture) who is reimbursed (or who has been offered but declined reimbursement) by the state/territory for the
care of the child. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, a kinship carer may be another Indigenous person who is a member of their community, a compatible community or from the same language group.

CODE 4   Foster care

Where the caregiver is authorised and reimbursed (or was offered but declined reimbursement) by the state/territory for the care of the child and supported by an approved agency. There are varying degrees of reimbursement made to foster carers.

CODE 5   Other home based care (reimbursed)

Home-based care which does not fall into either of the categories ‘Relative(s)/kin who are reimbursed’ or ‘Foster care’.

CODE 6   Relatives/kin who are not reimbursed

Where the caregiver is a relative (other than parents), considered to be family or a close friend, or is a member of the child or young person's community (in accordance with their culture) who is not reimbursed by the state/territory for the care of the child.

CODE 7   Independent living

This includes private board and lead-tenant households.

CODE 8   Parents

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

CODE 9   Detention

Where the child was ordered by the court to reside for a specified time in a juvenile or adult correctional facility.

CODE 11  Third-party parental responsibility care arrangements—foster carer

Placement for children on third-party parental responsibility orders, where they were formerly placed with the same carer in a foster care placement (as defined above).

CODE 12  Third-party parental responsibility care arrangements—relative/kinship carer

Placement for children on third-party parental responsibility orders, where they were formerly placed with the same carer in a relative/kinship placement (as defined above).

CODE 13  Third-party parental responsibility care arrangements—other/unknown

Placement for children on third-party parental responsibility orders, where they were formerly placed with the same carer in a placement type other than foster or relative/kinship care; or the former placement type is unknown.

CODE 88   Other living arrangement

Includes living arrangements that do not fit into the above categories. This includes any placements made in disability services, psychiatric services, Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS), overnight child-care services, boarding schools, hospitals, hotels/motels and defence force. These living arrangements may have rostered and/or paid staff, and are generally not a home-like environment.

CODE 99  Not stated/inadequately described

Is used when the care arrangement in which a child lives is not recorded or 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) 2017. Child protection and support services National Minimum Data Set, data collection manual 2016-17. Canberra: AIHW.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The living arrangement type refers to the living arrangement of the person at a particular point in time.

Collection methods:Help on this term

Each change in living arrangement should be recorded on a new line in the file.

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/location (e.g. a change from one home-based placement to a different home-based placement).

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

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) 2017. Child protection and support services National Minimum Data Set, data collection manual 2016-17. Canberra: AIHW.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Service event—living arrangement type, child under care code N[N] Children and Families, Superseded 20/04/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

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

Implementation in Indicators:Help on this termUsed as numerator
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Indicators 2018–19: Indicator 1.1 Indigenous children in out-of-home care living with relatives or kin, or other Indigenous carers Children and Families, Standard 03/03/2021
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Indicators 2018–19: Indicator 2.1 Indigenous children in out-of-home care living with Indigenous relatives or kin, or other Indigenous carers Children and Families, Standard 03/03/2021
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Indicators 2018–19: Indicator 2.2 Indigenous children in out-of-home care with cultural support plans Children and Families, Standard 03/03/2021
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Indicators 2018–19: Indicator 2.3 Indigenous children who were reunified Children and Families, Standard 03/03/2021
Used as denominator
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Indicators 2018–19: Indicator 1.1 Indigenous children in out-of-home care living with relatives or kin, or other Indigenous carers Children and Families, Standard 03/03/2021
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Indicators 2018–19: Indicator 2.1 Indigenous children in out-of-home care living with Indigenous relatives or kin, or other Indigenous carers Children and Families, Standard 03/03/2021
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Indicators 2018–19: Indicator 2.2 Indigenous children in out-of-home care with cultural support plans Children and Families, Standard 03/03/2021
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Indicators 2018–19: Indicator 2.3 Indigenous children who were reunified Children and Families, Standard 03/03/2021
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