Category: Statistics

September 19, 2017

19 September 2017 The Guardian’s Office has been auditing the Annual Reviews of children in care for 10 years now.  We do this to advocate for the children, to see how well the Reviews work and to identify broader systemic issues. Annual reviews are an important means of monitoring the quality of services provided and…

August 8, 2017

1 August 2017 The Guardian’s Office received 292 requests for intervention in the 12 months to 30 June, 2017. Of those, the Office found that 57 were out of the Guardian’s mandate.[1] The remaining 235 in-mandate enquiries represented 321 individual children.[2]  Of the 235 inquiries: 137 were requests for advocacy 43 were consultations about action…

July 4, 2017

4 July 2017 Our thanks to the 384 people from all corners of the child protection system who responded to the Coordination and Collaboration Survey June 2017. Respondents were asked to record their perceptions of a range of important relationships as they experienced them in June 2017 and the extent of change they had noticed…

May 29, 2017

30 May 2017 In South Australia in 2016, 61.6 per cent of all students in care were enrolled in DECD schools. The Guardian’s latest report Children and Young People in State Care in South Australian Government Schools 2008-2016, is due for release tomorrow.  The report explores how well the state school system is providing for…

October 13, 2016

13 October, 2016 The year 2015-16 saw the number of South Australian children under care and guardianship-to-18 orders increase by 324 or 12 per cent since June 2015. .Also increased was the proportion of children in care of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage from 29.4 to 32.8 per cent and the proportion in kinship care from 37.6…

June 7, 2016

7 June 2016 We have just released our report Children and Young People in State Care in SA Government Schools – 2008-2015 Reading the most recent NAPLAN results, rates of suspension and exclusion, rates of disability and attendance figures together gives a more complete picture of how children and young people in care are doing in the…

April 19, 2016

There are about 3000 children and young people under care and protection orders in South Australia. About 10% are placed in residential care while most of the rest live with foster carers or relatives. In a given week, around 150 children and young people are in ’emergency’ accommodation.(1) About 30% of children and young people in state care are of Aboriginal…

April 5, 2016

. 5 April 2016 The quality of a child protection system depends not only on the budget allocated but how that budget is spent. See how South Australia performs compared to other states in what we spend and how we spend it in our handy analysis of the child protection data from the Productivity Commission Report on…

February 23, 2016

The just-released Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report Young people in child protection and under youth justice supervision 2013–14 has confirmed the concerning trend that young people who are in state care are much more likely to enter youth justice detention. Data from the participating states* shows:. young people who were the subject of a care…