Disadvantaged Children

A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare ‘Child Protection Australia 2009-10 indicated that over 187,000 children were the subject of a child protection notification-a decrease of 10% from a year previous. Almost 36,000 were living in out-of-home care and there were almost 8050 foster carer households. Indigenous children on care and protection orders were nine times the rate of non-indigenous children. The number of children in substantiations of maltreatment was 7.1 per 1000 children. In the Nederlands it was 3.8/1000, in Canada 21.7/1000.

Another report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare into the educational outcomes of children on guardianship or custody orders from a study taken from 2003-06, (the first such study undertaken in Australia) shows that a higher proportion of those under these orders did not meet national benchmarks for reading and numeracy and indigenous children within this group are particularly disadvantaged.

For child protection report: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/cws/39/12223.pdf

For ‘Educational outcomes of children on guardianship or custody orders: a pilot study, stage 2’ published Jan 27, 2011: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/11775

For press release: http://www.aihw.gov.au/mediacentre/2011/mr20110127.cfm

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POSTED 31 Jan 2011
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