This working paper provides an overview of the work that the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare completed to help develop reportable measures to protect Australia's children.
This working paper provides an overview of the work that AIHW completed for the Standing Council on Community and Disability Services Advisory Council (SCCDSAC)- funded project Scoping the development of reportable measures to support the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 supporting outcome 1: Children live in safe and supportive families and communities. SCCDSAC endorsed the final report on this project early in 2013.
The purpose of this project was to identify indicators and to develop options for future reporting against supporting outcome 1. It was carried out in three phases:
- a targeted review of relevant literature
- an in-depth review of existing frameworks and potential data sources
- a detailed review of identified potential indicators.
This paper presents recommendations for reporting against supporting outcome 1 'Children live in safe and supportive families and communities' under the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 (the 'National Framework'). These recommendations are subject to discussion and endorsement by relevant committees in the Community Services Sector.
Recommendations for reporting in the short, medium and long term are summarised below. In short, eight indicators are recommended for reporting under supporting outcome 1-two for immediate reporting, four for the medium term and two for the longer term. Three existing indicators are recommended for removal.