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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Indicators 2018–19: Indicator 2.4 Indigenous children who were reunified and did not return to out-of-home care within 12 months

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termIndicator
Short name:Help on this termIndicator 2.4 Indigenous children who were reunified and did not return to out-of-home care within 12 months
METeOR identifier:Help on this term732715
Registration status:Help on this termChildren and Families, Standard 03/03/2021
Description:Help on this term

The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 0–16 who were reunified during the year and did not return to out-of-home care within 12 months.

Indicator set:Help on this termThe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Indicators 2018–19 Children and Families, Standard 03/03/2021
Quality statement:Help on this termChild Protection National Minimum Dataset, 2018–19 Data Quality Statement AIHW Data Quality Statements, Endorsed 03/03/2020

Collection and usage attributes

Population group age from:Help on this term

0

Population group age to:Help on this term

16 years

Computation description:Help on this term
  1. Each child is only counted once.
  2. All children aged 0–16 who were reunified during the financial year are counted for this indicator.
  3. Age is calculated at time of reunification.
  4. A reunification is only counted if it is also an “exit” from care—that is, the child was not in care for at least 60 days following the reunification event.
  5. If a child has more than one reunification in the reporting period only the latest reunification is counted.
  6. Children returning to out-of-home care are children who begin a new episode of out-of-home care within 12 months of their reunification.
  7. The rate ratio for this indicator is calculated by dividing the proportion of Indigenous children who were reunified during the reporting period that did not return to out-of-home care within 12 months by the corresponding proportion for non-Indigenous children.
  8. As the Child protection NMDS 2016–17 does not include reunification data, reporting of this indicator for 2016–17 is based on data covering reunification events during the 2016–17 reporting period in the Child protection NMDS 2017–18.
Computation:Help on this term

100 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator)

Numerator:Help on this term

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 0–16 who were reunified during the reporting period and did not return to out-of-home care in 12 months or less.

Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetPerson—Indigenous status, code N
Data Source
AIHW Child Protection Collection
NMDS / DSS
Child protection NMDS 2018-19
Data Element / Data SetPerson—date of birth, DDMMYYYY
Data Source
AIHW Child Protection Collection
NMDS / DSS
Child protection NMDS 2018-19
Data Element / Data SetChild—reunification type, code N[N]
Data Source
AIHW Child Protection Collection
NMDS / DSS
Child protection NMDS 2018-19
Data Element / Data SetService event—living arrangement start date, DDMMYYYY
Data Source
AIHW Child Protection Collection
NMDS / DSS
Child protection NMDS 2018-19
Data Element / Data SetService event—living arrangement end date, DDMMYYYY
Data Source
AIHW Child Protection Collection
NMDS / DSS
Child protection NMDS 2018-19
Denominator:Help on this term

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 0–16 who were reunified during the reporting period.

Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetPerson—Indigenous status, code N
Data Source
AIHW Child Protection Collection
NMDS / DSS
Child protection NMDS 2018-19
Data Element / Data SetPerson—date of birth, DDMMYYYY
Data Source
AIHW Child Protection Collection
NMDS / DSS
Child protection NMDS 2018-19
Data Element / Data SetChild—reunification type, code N[N]
Data Source
AIHW Child Protection Collection
NMDS / DSS
Child protection NMDS 2018-19
Disaggregation:Help on this term

2016–17 to 2018–19

By state and territory and:

  • Indigenous status (and rate ratio)
  • Whether or not a child returned to out-of-home care within 12 months
Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetService event—living arrangement start date, DDMMYYYY
Data Source
AIHW Child Protection Collection
NMDS / DSS
Child protection NMDS 2018-19
Data Element / Data SetService event—living arrangement end date, DDMMYYYY
Data Source
AIHW Child Protection Collection
NMDS / DSS
Child protection NMDS 2018-19
Data Element / Data SetPerson—Indigenous status, code N
Data Source
AIHW Child Protection Collection
NMDS / DSS
Child protection NMDS 2018-19
Data Element / Data SetPerson—Australian state/territory identifier, code N
Data Source
AIHW Child Protection Collection
NMDS / DSS
Child protection NMDS 2018-19
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Comparability with similar reporting

ATSICPP Indicator 2.4 is derived using the same methodology as the Permanency Outcomes Performance Framework Indicator 1.6 (AIHW 2020a).

Other than the focus of ATSICPP Indicator 2.4 being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children rather than all children, the other key differences between the indicators relate to which disaggregations are reported. ATSICPP Indicator 2.4 includes Indigenous status disaggregations and rate ratios in data tables. Permanency Indicator 1.6a reports additional disaggregations by age and time in out-of-home care.

For additional details and background on the method and development of this indicator, see Child protection Australia 2018–19 Appendixes B–G (AIHW 2020a).

Age

Only children aged less than 17 years were included in this indicator to allow for a full 12 months of follow up. This is because 12 months following the reunification for a child aged 17, that child would be aged 18 and no longer eligible for entry into out-of-home care.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termProportion
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termPerson

Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
Data SourceAIHW Child Protection Collection
Frequency
Annual
Data custodian

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:Help on this term

Fourth Action Plan under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020

Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this term

Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW)

Release date:Help on this term16/10/2020

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

AIHW

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