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Safety in care (SC) file cluster

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term748884
Registration status:Help on this termChildren and Families, Standard 03/11/2021
DSS type:Help on this termData Element Cluster
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The Safety in care (SC) file cluster is used to collect information about substantiations of abuse in care, during the reference period. This includes substantiations of incidents of abuse in care where the incident occurred before the reference period in which it was substantiated. This is a standalone file and contains replication of some demographic items from elsewhere in the Child Protection National Minimum Data Set.
Only substantiations for children and young people who were aged less than 18 years at the time of the abuse are included (note, the client's age at the time of the substantiation is not used to determine if they are in scope). This includes unborn children in jurisdictions where they are covered under the child protection legislation.

The file contains information on children who were the subject of a substantiated incident of abuse, where the substantiated abuse happened while the child was in out-of-home care, on a third party parental order, or in a non-out-of-home care placement, but on an order that transfers full or partial parental responsibility to an agent of the State. To be included, the person held responsible for the abuse must have been either:

Note that a client may appear more than once in this file. Each distinct substantiation recorded by the department will be a new line in the file, delineated by the substantiation date.

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 includes unborn children in jurisdictions where they are covered under the child protection legislation.

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
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AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2021. Child protection national minimum data set, data collection manual 2020-21. Canberra: AIHW.

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Safety in care (SC) file cluster Children and Families, Superseded 03/11/2021

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Child protection NMDS 2020–21 Children and Families, Standard 03/11/2021

Parent DSS specific attributes +

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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
2Person—letters of family name, text XXXMandatory1
3Person—letters of given name, text XXMandatory1
4Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
5Date—estimate indicator, code NMandatory2
6Person—sex, code NMandatory1
7Person—Indigenous status, code NMandatory1
8Service event—living arrangement type, care arrangement code N[N]Mandatory1
9Child protection substantiation—date of substantiation, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
10Child—primary type of abuse or neglect, code N[N]Mandatory1
11Child—other type of abuse or neglect, code N[N]Conditional3
12Child protection substantiation—sexual exploitation indicator, yes/no/not applicable/not stated/inadequately described code NMandatory1
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