This report collates data from a range of sources to provide a contemporary representation of the status of children and young people in Queensland.
This report shows that children and young people in Queensland are faring well overall. They are generally healthy, educational participation and retention is improving, mortality rates continue to decline and offending rates for certain offences have decreased in the past decade. It is pleasing to see that the statistical profile of children and young people in our state shows that positive outcomes can be achieved when communities and governments work together to provide resilient networks of support and care.
Too many children and young people, however, are the victims of crime and bullying and experience abuse and neglect. The number of children and young people living away from home continues to grow, with a particular increase in the proportion living in residential care. The numbers of children and young people who are overweight or obese or at risk of alcohol-related harm are concerning, and there is still room for improvements in certain areas of educational performance.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, in particular, continue to experience poor outcomes across a range of health, safety and wellbeing measures. More work needs to be done to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and other stakeholders to develop more effective strategies to address the specific wellbeing needs of this group.
Children and young people who have experienced abuse and neglect also continue to fare poorly and more effective support is needed in both the statutory and non-statutory child protection systems. The significant challenges faced in assisting these children and young people cannot be underestimated.