Child protection (CP) client file cluster

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Set Specification
METeOR identifier:706958
Registration status:Children and Families, Standard 20/01/2021
DSS type:Data Element Cluster

The Child protection (CP) client file cluster is used to collect demographic information on children and young people involved in any component of the child protection system (i.e. notifications, investigations, substantiations, orders and/or out-of-home care placements) during the reference period.

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

For this file a person is a child or young person aged less than 18 years. This includes unborn children in jurisdictions where they are covered under the child protection legislation.

Collection methods:

Client attributes which may be reported differently over time, such as Indigenous status and disability status, should be reported as at the end of the reference period.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Steward:Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2018. Child protection national minimum data set, data collection manual 2017-18. Canberra: AIHW.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Child protection (CP) client file cluster Children and Families, Superseded 20/01/2021

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:
All attributes +

Child protection NMDS 2018-19 Children and Families, Standard 20/01/2021

Parent DSS specific attributes +

Child protection NMDS 2019–20 Children and Families, Candidate 25/03/2021

Parent DSS specific attributes +

Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

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Seq No.Metadata item Obligation Max occurs
1Person—person identifier, child protection NX[X(11)]Mandatory1
2Person—letters of family name, text XXXMandatory1
3Person—letters of given name, text XXMandatory1
4Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
5Person—sex, code NMandatory1
6Person—Indigenous status, code NMandatory1
7Person—main language other than English spoken at home, code (ASCL 2016) N[NNN]Mandatory1
8Person—disability status, yes/no/not stated/inadequately described code NMandatory1
9Child—new client indicator, yes/no/not stated/inadequately described code NMandatory1