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Child—reunification type, code N[N]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termReunification type
METeOR identifier:Help on this term737464
Registration status:Help on this termChildren and Families, Standard 20/01/2021
Definition:Help on this term

The family type to which a child was returned when a funded out-of-home care placement has ended, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Child—reunification 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
1Reunification with birth parent/s
2Reunification with Indigenous relatives/kin (other than birth parents)
3Reunification with other relatives/kin (other than birth parents)
4Reunification – Other/Not further specified
Supplementary values:Help on this term
97Not applicable
99Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

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CODE 1   Reunification with birth parent/s

Where the child will be reunified with one or both birth parents.

The Department/agency will have transferred full parental guardianship/custody of the child back to the birth parent within the reporting period. Only Department/agency-approved reunifications are included. This includes children who self-reunified, with subsequent endorsement by the Department/agency.

CODE 2   Reunification with Indigenous relatives/kin (other than birth parents)

Where the child will be reunified with Indigenous relatives/kin other than birth parents. Includes members of Indigenous communities who are a relative of the child (other than parents) or who are accepted by that community as being related to the child. The Department/agency will have transferred full parental guardianship/custody of the child back to Indigenous relatives/kin within the reporting period.

CODE 3    Reunification with other relatives/kin (other than birth parents)

Where the child will be reunified with relatives/kin other than birth parents. Includes non-Indigenous relatives or relatives of unknown Indigenous status (other than parents), or caregivers who are 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). The Department/agency will have transferred full parental guardianship/custody of the child back to relatives/kin within the reporting period.

CODE 4   Reunification – Other/Not further specified

Where the child was reunified with a person or persons other than their birth parents, or other relatives/kin. This category may include reunification to a former guardian (other than those specified above). This category may be used when it is known that a reunification attempt has been made, but where it is not possible to classify who a child was reunified with.

CODE 97   Not applicable

The client has not exited funded out-of-home care; or the client has exited funded out-of-home care but not for a reunification attempt; or the living arrangement is not a funded out-of-home care placement provided by a funded agency (e.g. living with parents, independent living, other living arrangements).

CODE 99   Not stated/inadequately described

Where it is unknown whether the child was provided with a permanent care arrangement during the reporting period.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The family type to which a child was returned when a funded out-of-home care placement has ended.

This excludes trial reunifications where the out-of-home care placement remains open.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Origin:Help on this term

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

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Child—reunification type, code N[N] Children and Families, Superseded 20/01/2021

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

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 2.3 Indigenous children who were reunified Children and Families, Standardisation pending 15/02/2021
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 Children and Families, Standardisation pending 15/02/2021
Used as denominator
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 Children and Families, Standardisation pending 15/02/2021
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